Iran urges France to observe human rights amid violence against protesters

2023-03-25 18:07:13
Iran urges France to observe human rights amid violence against protesters

Iran has urged the French government to observe human rights and avoid violence against peaceful protesters.

In a French-language post on his Twitter account on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian strongly condemned the crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations of the French people.

"We call on the French government to respect human rights and avoid resorting to force against the people of its own country who are pursuing their demands peacefully," the top Iranian diplomat tweeted.

On Thursday, protesters gathered across France to demonstrate their opposition to the legislation to raise the retirement age by two years to 64.

Unions claimed 3.5 million people turned out across the country, while the authorities suggested the figure was much lower, at just under 1.1 million.

In the capital Paris, union leaders claimed that a record 800,000 people took part in a mostly peaceful march through the city – the police gave the figure as 119,000 – to demand that the government drop the fiercely contested change.

According to interior minister Gerald Darmanin, a total of 457 people were arrested and 441 security forces injured. He said 903 fires lit in the streets of Paris in the most violent day of protests since January.

On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron rejected calls to stop pushing through his deeply unpopular pension plan. He insisted that the new law was necessary and would come into force later this year.


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