Police: Men attack pro-democracy vigil near Iranian embassy

German police are investigating an attack on a pro-democracy vigil outside the Iranian embassy in Berlin in which three people were injured

ByThe Associated Press
October 30, 2022, 11:11 AM
Participants in a solidarity demonstration with protesters in Iran hold a banner reading "Woman Life Freedom" and form a human chain in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)
Participants in a solidarity demonstration with protesters in Iran hold a banner reading "Woman Life Freedom" and form a human chain in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)
The Associated Press

BERLIN -- German police are investigating an attack on a pro-democracy vigil outside the Iranian embassy in Berlin in which three people were injured early Sunday morning.

Police said an officer guarding the embassy saw three men with face coverings tear down banners and flags from a recreational vehicle parked near the building. Despite calls by the officer for them to stop, the assailants opened the door to the RV and attacked the four men inside, police said.

Three of occupants were injured in the ensuing fight, it said. The assailants fled by car.

German news agency dpa reported that the RV sported banners reading “Iranians want democracy” and “Women Life Freedom,” a slogan widely used in recent anti-government protests in Iran.

There have also been large solidarity protests in Germany and other European countries protesting the Iranian government's treatment of women and dissenters.

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