Hundreds protest against Iranian regime in Amsterdam

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in central Amsterdam Saturday to protest against the "repressive human rights policies" of the Iranian government following elections there last month.

Amsterdam - Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in central Amsterdam Saturday to protest against the "repressive human rights policies" of the Iranian government following elections there last month.

"We are here to show our solidarity with the people of Iran and to urge the Iranian government to respect human rights," spokesman Tom van den Brand from Amnesty International, one of the organisers, told AFP.

Protesters waved the Iranian flag and sported banners with such messages as: "Iran: freedom to demonstrate, not to arrest".

Iran's Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi was one of the speakers due to address the rally.

Organisers and police said more than 1,000 people turned out for the protest, one of several being held world-wide Saturday to object against Tehran's response to widespread protests following last month's disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.

At least 20 people died in clashes at the time.

"Amnesty International condemns the curtailment of freedom of speech and the arrest of peaceful protesters," the rights body said in a statement issued to coincide with Saturday's demonstrations.

"We demand an investigation into the actions of the Iranian authorities and the release of all demonstrators" arrested for showing opposition to the government.

AFP / Expatica

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