Iranian opposition party holds London protest demanding end of torture

Iran’s opposition party in exile staged a protest condemning public executions in Iran and demanded that Theresa May and the UK Government take action against the Middle Eastern nation.

Members and supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a demonstration outside Downing Street on Saturday in the hope of attracting the Prime Minister’s attention. According to the opposition party, in 2017, Iran executed over 500 people which accounted for nearly 60 percent of all executions in the region. Amnesty International says that of the over 500 executions, at least 31 of them were done so publicly. The opposition also claims that five juveniles were killed during the first half of 2018, with nearly 30 people being executed just last month alone.

They also claim that over 70 people who supported the truck driver protests in Iran have been arrested and allegedly threatened with execution. During the demonstration, protestors called for the downfall of the current Iranian regime.

They shouted: “Down with Rouhani! Down with Khamenei!”

Later, they also chanted: “Change! Change! Change! Regime change in Iran!”

Protesters called on May to take action against Iran

While the demonstration was taking place, hundreds of thousands of people were marching in support of a People’s Vote on Brexit. While many people marching applauded the Iranians that were demonstrating, some did not see a difference between the opposition and the current regime.

One passer-by said: “You are all the same! No difference!”

There were also a number of speakers who addressed the crowd in English and Farsi about human rights abuses in Iran.

Source » express

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