Topless activist protest against Iranian President’s visit to Paris

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FRANCE: A demonstration was organized by a topless activist in Paris today to protest against the execution of hundreds of people in Iran every year.

The activist from international women’s rights group – Femen staged the demonstration as the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Paris to sign off new business deals between the two countries.

With an Iranian flag painted on her chest, the activist staged a mock hanging from a bridge in Paris in an execution style.

“We organised this public display as a little reminder of the fact that every year, more than 800 people are sentenced to death in his country,” Sarah Constantin, a spokesperson for Femen France said.

“Among them are women, feminists, homosexuals, and free-thinkers who are rotting on death row, just because they are free-thinkers. And Francois Hollande doesn’t take any of this into account,” Constantin quoted by a local newspaper added.

Criticizing the French President for receiving Rouhani as an official guest, Constantin further added “It shows that Francois Hollande doesn’t care about human rights. The only thing he cares about is business. Shame on Francois Hollande. Shame on Rouhani.”

A sign was also put on display under the bridge from where the activist was hanging, stating “Welcome Rohani, executioner of freedom”.

According to reports, the Iranian President is expected to finalize major deals during his visit to France, including the purchase of around 100 Airbuses and other deals on health, agriculture and the environment. -KP

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