In Paris, Iranian hunger strikers demonstrated at one of the city's churches on Friday (10 March), demanding an end to what they termed the repressive regime in Iran.
In Paris, Iranian hunger strikers demonstrated at one of the city's churches on Friday (10 March), demanding an end to what they termed the repressive regime in Iran. The Paris strike came after similar action by Iranians in both Britain and Italy.
The hundred-or-so demonstrators had marched to the Catholic church of St. Hippolyte in the Avenue de Choisy. They were all students linked to Islamic Associations in Europe, (U.I.S.A.) which has previously organised anti-Iranian Government hunger strikes in England and Italy.
Friday's demonstration drew attention to two recent events in Iran in which anti-Government demonstrators were killed in clashes with police. The first was at the religious city of Qom, about 90 miles (150 kilometres) south of Teheran, on January the 7th. A human-rights committee which went to the city said more than seventy people died after police opened fire on a mass march. The Iranian Government put the number of dead at six. The second clash was in February, in the city of Tabriz in north-western Iran. Here, six people were reported killed when police broke up a demonstration, apparently started by Islamic Marxists.
This spokesman for the Paris demonstrators reaffirmed his group's strong feelings against the rulers of Iran. He said the U.I.S.A. was trying to form a delegation of lawyers, doctors and journalists to visit Iran to observe the situation, and to report to the world. The hunger strikers claimed that at least 600 Muslims in Iran had died during the last two years, in their struggle to defend the principles of freedom and fraternity.