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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Iran regime opponents rally across Europe

The Iranian diaspora across Europe have gathered in small groups to make their voices heard in the protests that began at the end of the year

Supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organisation, Iran's main opposition, rally outside the Iranian regime's embassy in London, in solidarity with Iranian people's protests nationwide. Victoria Jones / AP
Supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organisation, Iran's main opposition, rally outside the Iranian regime's embassy in London, in solidarity with Iranian people's protests nationwide. Victoria Jones / AP

The Iranian protests have spilled beyond the borders as hundreds demonstrate in front of the Islamic republic's embassy's across Europe.

Iranian regime opponents held small-scale demonstrations Saturday in the UK, Austria, France and Germany to show support for opposition groups who have held rallies inside their country in recent days.

Some 40 people demonstrated near the Iranian embassy in Paris to call for an end to Tehran's "interference" in Syria and Lebanon, which Afchine Alavi, from the National Council of Iranian Resistance said.

In Berlin, around 100 regime opponents gathered near the Iranian embassy to demand the immediate release of people arrested during three days of protests.

Around 50 people had rallied at the same venue on Friday.

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The rallies began in Iran's second city of Mashhad on Thursday as an attack on high living costs but quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole.

Although the demonstrations inside Iran remain on a small scale they are nonetheless the first of note since Tehran quelled a much wider protest movement in 2009.

The government has warned against "illegal gatherings" while there have also been several counter-demonstrations over the past three days.

On Wednesday, Iranian state media began airing footage of pro-government demonstrations in cities across the country after a week of protests and unrest over the country's poor economy.

The English-language broadcaster PressTV broadcast the rallies live on Wednesday, saying they were to "protest the violence that has taken place over the last few nights in cities."

Demonstrators waved Iranians flags and signs supporting Iran's clerically overseen government.

The rallies come after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday blamed days of protests across the country on meddling by "enemies of Iran." State TV reported on Tuesday that the latest clashes between protesters and security forces have killed nine more people.

The demonstrations are the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election. At least 21 people have been killed.