France’s Eiffel Tower lit up on Monday with “Woman Life Freedom” and “Stop Executions in Iran” slogans in solidarity with Iranian anti-government protests sparked after the death of 22-year-old Jîna (Mahsa) Amini in police custody.
Monday marked the beginning of the fifth month of nationwide protests in Iran in which nearly 500 protesters have been killed by security forces and 100 sentenced to death, according to a December report by Iran Human Rights (IHR).
Iranians from across Europe gathered in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to urge the European Union to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation over its instrumental role in the lethal crackdown on protesters, while the Eiffel Tower in Paris lit the night with slogans supporting the Iranian protests.
The Strasbourg march coincided with the European Parliament’s plenary session to debate the terror listing of the IRGC in a call already supported by at least 100 of the 700 members of the body.
European officials and politicians addressed the rally and vowed to help list the IRGC as a terrorist organisation.
Roberta Metsola, the president of the European Parliament said: “Your cry, ‘Woman, Life, Freedom,’ has been heard in every corner of the globe. You are on the right side of history, and you will make history.”
A non-binding resolution is to be voted on Thursday in the European Parliament.
Recently the UK approved plans to proscribe the IRGC as a terror organisation, and Germany’s foreign minister urged the EU to also include Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on the terrorism list.