French trade unionists, leaders of the French Communist Party and other worker's associations, under the banner of the French League of Human Rights, marched in their hundreds in Paris on Tuesday evening (12 September) in support of the recent demonstrations in Iran.
GV Demonstrators preparing to march.
CU "Iran" sticker on pocket PULL OUT TO SV of man wearing sticker.
GV Demonstrators with French Communist party placards condemning Iranian regime.
GTV Demonstration march under way, holding up banners.
GV March organisers including leader of French Communist party M. Georges Marchais.
GV March continues.
GV Marchais and others marching. (4 SHOTS)
GV Marchers, chained together and wearing white "execution shrouds" covered in bloodstains.
GV Placards showing pictures of people and blow-up photographs of execution.
GV March continues.
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Background: French trade unionists, leaders of the French Communist Party and other worker's associations, under the banner of the French League of Human Rights, marched in their hundreds in Paris on Tuesday evening (12 September) in support of the recent demonstrations in Iran.
SYNOPSIS: France joins a growing list of countries which include the USA and India who have staged demonstrations against the Shah's regime. On Monday (11 September) in an interview with the French newspaper, Le Monde, former Iranian Prime Minister Ali Amini alleged that more than 2,000 people had been killed by troops during the anti-government demonstrations in Iran.
Among the leaders of the march was M. Georges Marchais, leader of the French Communist party and M. Georges Seguy, Secretary-General of the Confederation Generale du Travail, (CGT), the Fronch Trades Union leader. Placards carried by the marchers denounced the Shah's regime, and all the marchers wore stickers on their lapels. The march was from the place do la Republique to the Place do la Bastille, the square which commemorates France's own revolution against an oppressive monarchy. The demonstrators also accused the French government of compliance by their lack of condemnation of the Shah, and called on the French people to express their indignation.
Some of the marchers wore shrouds covered in realistic looking blood, and chained themselves together, while other carried placards with pictures of the dead and of executions.
The Iranian Government's official estimate for the death-toll is 97.