“My heart is with them”: 250 people demonstrated in Paris for Iran
Chloé Lagadou (on location), edited by Juliette Moreau Alvarez
8:22 p.m. September 24, 2022
On Saturday, 250 people gathered in Paris to demonstrate and show their support for Iranian women following the numerous protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini. The protesters denounce a country where women are “in prison”.
At least 35 people have been killed in recent violent protests in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Gina Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by vice squads for wearing inappropriate clothing. A demonstration in support of Iranian women took place in Paris on Saturday afternoon in front of the Fontaine des Innocents, Place du Châtelet.
On site many flags and signs where it is written in particular “Woman, life, freedom”. On a large white sheet hung between two power poles, the organizers drew a clenched fist in the air, a symbol of the support it brings to Iranian women, Soma explains: “You should know that there is oppression of women in Iran super systematic. We cannot remain silent in this situation in Europe or in exile. We’re really trying to be the spokesperson and also the voice of the people that are on the streets.”
“We have been in prison in Iran for 43 years”
Marie is also holding a sign in the crowd. She fled Iran for France four years ago. Today it is natural for them to support their compatriots. “We have been in prison in Iran for 43 years,” she denounces. “But I’m here. I’m quiet here, I’m free. The only thing I can do is come here. I wanted them to know that my heart is with them.”
Almost 250 people gathered in Châtelet. Among them Zara. This feminist is outraged by the situation in Iran. If she is here, “she should support Iranian women who are demonstrating for their rights so that women choose them”. “Nobody has the right to control our bodies, tell us how to dress or whatever. What is happening in Iran concerns me, I am concerned. That’s why I am.”
A new demonstration in support of Iranian women is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. on the Place du Trocadéro in Paris. Since the beginning of the protest movement in Iran, 739 people, including 60 women, have been arrested in the country.
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