While the political crisis plays out in Iran, demonstrators have been gathering in European cities to protest at the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In Paris demonstrators included supporters of the People’s Mujahedin – a group once banned as a terrorist organisation in Europe and the US.
There, and in Brussels, protesters demanded an end to what they called the “clerical dictatorship in Iran.” One Brussels protester said: “Any revolution has to start from somewhere or somehow so I think they just do something to get freedom.”There were similar scenes in Germany where protesters carried placards saying 30 years of dictatorship in Iran was enough. One German demonstrator said: “Ever since I was a child I was against the government in Iran. They killed my father, they killed my family and that’s why I’m here.” The election results in Iran prompted protests elsewhere in the world including Japan. Demonstrators also gathered in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. Protesters ranged from liberal reformers to those committed to an overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran.