The Anglo-Iranian Communities in the UK will hold a major rally in London on Saturday July 27th to express solidarity with the ongoing popular protests and strikes that are being held across Iran in support of change.
The London demonstration will include a number of street exhibitions and theatre performances denouncing the regime’s alleged crimes and human rights violations. The rally will begin with a gathering at Trafalgar Square in central London and will be followed by a march.
Demonstrators will demand that the UK Government adopt a firm policy towards the Iranian regime, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported on July 23rd. The UK government will be called upon to “stop placating Iran’s regime and adopt a firm policy that recognises the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people”, according to NCRI. The “UK Government will be urged to transform its statements of concern into concrete actions by putting pressure on Iran’s regime to end the death penalty and arbitrary arrests and to halt its warmongering, nuclear and ballistic missile projects and export of terrorism.” NCRI, the opposition Iranian political group said.
The event will involve multiple political figures and representatives of opposition groups such as the NCRI and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and prominent human rights activists and personalities.
UK MPs and high-profile public speakers will be giving talks, including Theresa Villiers, Matthew Offord, David Jones, Roger Godsiff, Stephen Pound, Sir Alan Meale, The Hon Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, Chairman of the British Institute of Human Rights, Professor Sara Chandler and representatives of the NCRI and various Anglo-Iranian associations.
The London rally is the latest in a series of major demonstrations by Iranians throughout the world including major rallies in Brussels, Washington DC, Berlin and Stockholm in the past few weeks. It takes place at a time when the issue of Iran has evolved into a major international concern and the clerical regime has increased tension in the region in what is seen as a bid to divert attention from popular protests at home.