Paris: Tear gas to prevent protesters from reaching the Iranian embassy

Paris: Tear gas to prevent protesters from reaching the Iranian embassy

French police used tear gas on Sunday to prevent thousands of people protesting in Paris against the crackdown on protests in Iran from reaching the Islamic Republic’s embassy, ​​according to AFP journalists. This second consecutive demonstration in two days in Paris to denounce the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police in Tehran on September 13 for “wearing inappropriate clothing”, coincided with another tense rally in London near the Iranian Embassy.

Repeated use of tear gas

“Protesters attempted to cross police roadblocks and threw projectiles at officers,” British police said in a statement reporting five arrests. From the Place du Trocadéro, the Parisian procession went to the Iranian embassy, ​​accompanied by slogans such as “Woman, life, freedom!

The participants criticized in particular French President Emmanuel Macron for shaking hands with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raïssi during their meeting on September 20th on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where in particular a renewal of the international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program went. Approaching the embassy near the headquarters of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), the police repeatedly used tear gas to push back the protesters who tried to cross their cordon, which denied access to the diplomatic representation of the Islamic republic forbids.

4,000 protesters on Sunday

The Paris police headquarters reported that “4,000 people” had gathered on the Place d’Iéna. On several occasions, groups have attempted to enforce the roadblock set up by police, who Police Headquarters said used “interventional means” (tear gas) to repel them. One person was arrested for “contempt and rebellion” and one police officer was slightly injured, the prefecture added.

“In light of what is happening now, we Iranians are really mobilized, we have to react because we are far from our homeland, our country,” a Franco-Iranian protester, who only wanted to identify herself by her first name, Nina, told AFP. At least 41 people have been killed and hundreds arrested in Iran since Mahsa Amini’s death was announced on September 16, according to the latest official report.

Reference: www.europe1.fr

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