Thursday, February 2, 2023

March in France in support of Iranian protesters

PARIS ( Associated Press) — About 5,000 people marched to the European Union parliament in the French city of Strasbourg on Monday in support of Iran’s anti-government protesters, as Paris prepared to pay tribute to Mahsa Amini at the Eiffel Tower, who died in September. The death had sparked protests. ,

The Strasbourg March was organized by Iranians in Europe to mark the 44th anniversary of the day the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, ailing and under increasing pressure, left the country for good. The following month, the monarchy collapsed under the fervor of the Islamic Revolution that gave Iran its democracy. Some protesters also carried photographs of the former monarch on Monday.

Last week, more than 100 members of the European Parliament signed a letter calling on the European Union to take a stronger stance against Iran.

A plenary session of the European Parliament will this week debate the EU’s response to protests and executions in the Islamic republic. A non-binding resolution will be voted on on Thursday.

The MEP’s letter to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Joseph Borrell, called for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to be designated “fully as a terrorist organisation”. The corps was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States in 2019.

Paris City Hall said in a statement that the words “Women. Life. Freedom.” and “#StopExecutionsInIran” was to be shown at the Eiffel Tower on Monday and Tuesday nights four months after Mahsa Amini’s death, “as a tribute to those who fight bravely for their freedom while the (Iranian) regime continues to execute”. continues the protesters.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and some deputy mayors are expected to visit the Eiffel Tower on Monday in support. In October, Paris posthumously declared Amani an honorary citizen.

Iran has been rocked by protests since the death on September 16 of a 22-year-old man who died after being detained by morality police. Since then, the protests have become one of the most serious challenges to democracy imposed by the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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