Police scatter marchers in fresh Tehran protests: witnesses
Demonstrators flocked to the streets of cities around the world on Saturday, including in Canada, to demand Iran’s rulers end the persecution and imprisonment of opposition activists following the country’s disputed presidential election.
Large events were held in Stockholm, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and London, while in Toronto, cyclists, marchers and others planning a 24-hour hunger strike gathered outside the Ontario legislature bearing billowing red flags and lime green placards calling for Iranians’ human rights to be respected.
Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver also held marches on Saturday, organized by groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International as part of a global day of action.
The worldwide protests came as media reports quoted witnesses as saying Iranian police and pro-government militia attacked and scattered hundreds of protesters in the streets of Iran’s capital, Tehran.