Authorities in the French capital have renamed a garden after a young Iranian woman whose death in police custody in September last year sparked months-long anti-government protests.
“In tribute to this Iranian Kurdish student who died at the age of 22 after being arrested by police for having worn her hijab improperly, the Jardin Villemin was renamed “Jardin Villemin – Mahsa Jîna Amini,” the town hall of Paris’s 10th district said on its Twitter account on May 23.
Anger over Amini’s death in Tehran prompted Iranians to take to the streets nationwide to demand fundamental economic, social and political changes.
The security forces have unleashed a brutal clampdown on the women-led protest movement, killing more than 520 people during demonstrations and unlawfully detaining over 20,000 others, activists say.
Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters.