Iranian communities in several European cities have organised rallies in support of the protests in Iran and called for the closure of the Islamic Republic’s missions in Europe on the anniversary of the uprisings, known as the Jin Jiyan Azadî (Woman Life Freedom) movement.
In a ceremony attended by Iranian expatriates and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, city authorities in the French capital have officially renamed the Jardin Villemin park after Jina Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Kurdish woman whose death in custody sparked Iran’s biggest anti-regime protests.
The event to rename the park drew a diverse crowd of supporters who gathered to pay their respects to the Iranian women’s struggle.
Meanwhile, in the German cities of Hanover and Berlin, the Iranian diaspora community held gatherings to commemorate the first anniversary of Amini’s death. Amini lost her life at the hands of the Islamic Republic’s morality police, and the Hanover event aimed to express solidarity with the Jin Jiyan Azadî movement, echoing the sentiments of many around the world who continue to demand justice for Amini and countless others.
Rallies organised by Iranians to mark the anniversary were also held in Denmark.
Iranian expatriates in Brussels marched on Friday. Carrying pictures of Amini and other victims killed by Iranian security forces during the protests, thousands of demonstrators passionately called for the overthrow of the Iranian regime and the establishment of a democratic republic.
The organisers of the Brussels march emphasised their call for a unified European Union policy aimed at holding Iran’s Shia clerical rulers accountable for human rights abuses, reinforcing the message of solidarity and support from European communities.