Police used tear gas on Sunday to prevent hundreds of people marching in Paris to protest against the repression of demonstrations in Iran from reaching the embassy of the Islamic Republic, according to AFP journalists.
A demonstrator was arrested for "contempt and rebellion" and a policeman was slightly injured, the Paris prefecture told Le Parisien.
Leaving from the Place d'Iéna, the Parisian procession, "aggregated", "composed of around 4,000 people", according to the prefecture, headed for the Iranian Embassy to the sound of slogans such as "woman, life, freedom!
“, echoing those of the demonstrators in Iran, or even” France, silence is enough “.
Approaching the embassy, the police repeatedly used tear gas to repel protesters who tried to cross their cordon prohibiting access to the diplomatic representation of the Islamic Republic, according to the same sources.
"A few hundred people tried several times to leave the route and force the police roadblocks," said the prefecture.
Iran has been rocked by violent protests since the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, arrested in Tehran on September 13 by morality police for “wearing inappropriate clothes”.
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" We have to react "
The participants of the Parisian procession reproached French President Emmanuel Macron in particular for having shaken hands with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raïssi during their meeting on September 20 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, relating in particular to a relaunch of the international agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme.
“In view of what is happening now, we Iranians are really mobilized, we must react given that we are far from our homeland, our country,” said a Franco-Iranian protester who did not wish to identify herself. only by her first name, Nina.
This second consecutive demonstration in two days in Paris coincided with another tense rally in London near the Iranian embassy.
"Protesters tried to cross the police roadblocks and threw projectiles at the officers," said British police in a statement, which reported five arrests.
At least 41 people have been killed and hundreds arrested in Iran since the announcement on September 16 of the death of Mahsa Amini, according to the latest official report.