Hundreds of Europe-based Iranians, together with relations of victims of repression within the Islamic republic, lawmakers and campaigners, on Saturday urged the EU at a rally in Paris to record Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a “terror” group.
Audio system on the rally at Place Vauban within the coronary heart of the French capital insisted that such an inventory for the Guards was the most important contribution EU ministers might make to assist the protest motion that erupted in September.
The demonstrators chanted the slogan of the protest motion “Girl. Life. Freedom” and one among its anthems the track “Bella Ciao” in addition to slogans towards the Islamic republic.
“The primary objective is to make EU ministers lastly hear the voices of the Iranians,” Swedish MP Alireza Akhondi, a distinguished voice within the marketing campaign, advised AFP on the sidelines of the rally earlier than giving an impassioned speech in Persian.
“We wish to the Revolutionary Guards to be labelled as a terror group. It’s the key level,” he stated, saying he was “disenchanted” with progress to date.
The protesters additionally urged European nations to chop financial ties with Iran over the crackdown on the protest motion, brandishing the slogan “your financial pursuits shed the blood of our harmless youth” towards the background of EU, French and German flags.
The rally got here as Iran marked 44 years because the Islamic revolution that ousted the shah with pro-regime rallies contained in the nation.
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Outstanding French Inexperienced MP Yannick Jadot advised the crowds there needs to be “no European ambassadors in Tehran” and that the “Revolutionary Guards are terrorists and needs to be listed as such”.
The Guards are the department of the Iranian armed forces entrusted with guaranteeing the safety of the regime. They’re accused by campaigners of rights abuses towards protesters and prisoners.
Many protesters sported eyepatches or pink make-up streaming from their eyes in reference to accusations safety forces fired into the faces of protesters.
The protests, sparked by the loss of life of Mahsa Amini who had been arrested for allegedly violating the costume code for girls, have subsided within the final months however the opposition insists they nonetheless pose an unprecedented problem to the regime.
The rally was addressed by the daughter of the France-based blogger Ruhollah Zam who was executed by Iran in 2020 after being lured from Paris to Iraq the place he was kidnapped by Iranian safety forces.
“Ruhollah Zam was the definition of the phrase freedom,” stated Niaz Zam, who was simply 15 on the time of her father’s execution which outraged campaigners.
When Iran executed a complete of 4 prisoners over the protests “we had been killed a second time however we weren’t scared”, she stated, making her first ever public feedback after her father’s hanging.
Amongst at the least a dozen individuals who in response to the Iranian judiciary nonetheless danger the loss of life penalty is the rapper Toomaj Salehi who backed the protests and was arrested in October charged with capital crimes.
“There isn’t a place for tears. You’re wonderful. We’re all very pleased with you,” his cousin, who gave her identify as Shabnam, advised the rally.