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Marches in France in support of protests in Iran

PARIS (AP) — Crowds took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to express support for protests in Iran over the death of a young woman in that country who had been detained by police.

Politicians, feminists and people of Iranian heritage took part in the march in Republique Plaza, in the east of the French capital.

“Women, life, freedom!” the demonstrators shouted under a persistent rain.

There were banners that read “Freedom for Iranian women”, “No compulsory hijab” or simply the name of the dead girl: “#Mahsa Amini”.

It was the latest of several protests in France in support of the Iranian movement. Similar marches have happened in other parts of the world.

Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in recent days to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who had been detained by the Iranian morality police in Tehran, allegedly for wearing her Islamic headscarf too loosely.

The protesters are protesting against the treatment of women and widespread repression in the Islamic Republic, and have even called for the overthrow of the theocratic regime that has ruled Iran since 1979.

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