Tens of thousands rally in Berlin in solidarity with protesters in Iran

Tens of thousands rally in Berlin in solidarity with protesters in Iran
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The largest demonstration in Europe in solidarity with Mahsa Amini protests has been attended by 80,000 people in Berlin.

A huge rally was staged in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday in solidarity with the protest movement in Iran that began after the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in police custody.

Thousands of people from many parts of Europe gathered at Berlin's Siegessaule (Victory Column) and the surrounding area to join in the demonstration, which according to the police has been attended by about 80,000 people.

Participants carried Iranian and Kurdish flags alongside placards and banners with signs in protest against oppression in Iran, many with the tagline "Women, Life, Freedom" in Kurdish, English and German.

The rally was organized by the Woman Life Freedom Collective, which stands up against oppression and discrimination in Iran, and has been supported by several women's rights and human rights groups and political organizations.

Germany's Green Party minister for family affairs, Lisa Paus, said in a tweet:

"Today, thousands in Berlin are demonstrating their solidarity with the brave women and protesters in Iran. For freedom and self-determination. We stand by your side. We will be your voice. Women's rights are human rights!"

As Iran has now seen over five weeks of women-led protests, at least 215 people, including 27 children, have been killed in the crackdown targeting protesters according to reports by Iranian human rights groups.