Police use tear gas on Iran protesters in Paris

People face riot police as they take part in a demonstration in support of Iranian protesters in Paris, on September 25, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

AFP reporters and eyewitnesses reported that French police deployed tear gas and anti-riot techniques on Sunday to prevent hundreds of protesters in Paris from advancing on Tehran's embassy.

Several arrests were made in London as officers struggled with demonstrators attempting to breach barriers protecting the Iranian embassy.

The protestors in Paris had assembled for the second consecutive day to express indignation over the murder of Mahsa Amini, which occurred after her arrest by Iran's morality police last week, and to demonstrate solidarity with the demonstrations that have erupted in Iran.

The demonstration began peacefully in the capital's central Trocadero Square. Some protesters chanted "Death to the Islamic Republic" and anti-Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slogans.

However, police clad in full anti-riot gear and supported by a line of vans stopped the demonstrators' path as they attempted to approach the Iranian embassy a short distance away.

The police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

In a statement, Paris police confirmed the deployment of tear gas, stating that "multiple groups attempted to breach the roadblock set up near the Iranian embassy." The cops deployed tear gas to disperse the crowd.

They reported that approximately 4,000 people attended the event. According to authorities, one person was arrested for "outrage and rebellion" and one officer was slightly injured.

Transgress police lines

The use of tear gas enraged activists already angry by President Emmanuel Macron's discussions and public handshake with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the margins of last week's United Nations General Assembly.

"In an effort to protect the Islamic Republic embassy, police used tear gas to disperse Iranian protesters in Paris," tweeted Masih Alinejad, an Iranian women's rights activist residing in the United States.

In the meantime, @EmmanuelMacron shook hands with Iran's deadly ruler.

Additionally, demonstrators chanted the popular Persian shouts used by Iranian protesters, such as "zan, zendegi, azadi!" (woman, life, freedom!). as well as it's equivalent in Kurdish, "jin, jiyan, azadi!" Kurdish was Amini, also known as Jhina Amini.

"In light of the current situation, we Iranians are fully mobilized," said Nina, a Paris-based Iranian whose last name was withheld. "We must react because we are separated from our country, our homeland.

She said, "Now is the time for us all to unite so that our voices can be heard by the entirety of the world."

Similar dramatic events occurred in London when social media photographs depicted demonstrators attempting to breach police protection barriers outside the Iranian embassy.

The London police said that a big number of demonstrators had gathered in front of the embassy, with a substantial number of them intending to cause trouble.

"Additional police resources were deployed to assist those on the ground after protesters attempted to breach police lines and threw projectiles at officers," according to a police statement.

The police made five arrests and suffered minor injuries, the statement continued.

Publish : 2022-09-26 07:25:00

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