French authorities open suicide investigation after Iranian man’s death in Lyon ‘to highlight Iran’s repression’



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French authorities were on Tuesday investigating for suicide the drowning of an Iranian man in the city of Lyon, in the south-east of the country, who had declared on social networks that he was going to kill himself to draw attention to the repression of the protests in Iran.

Mohammad Moradi, 38, was found Monday evening in the Rhone which crosses the center of Lyon, told AFP a police source, who requested anonymity.

Emergency services responded but were unable to resuscitate him on the river bank, the source added.

Moradi had posted a video on Instagram saying he was about to drown to highlight the crackdown on protesters in Iran since the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after he was arrested in Tehran for an alleged dress code violation. country strict for women.

“When you see this video, I’ll be dead,” Moradi said, in hesitant but understandable French.

The Lyon prosecutor’s office said it had launched an investigation to “verify the suicide theory, in particular in view of the messages posted by the person concerned on social networks announcing his intention” to commit suicide.

The incident shocked the city, with a small gathering to remember Moradi taking place on the banks of the Rhone on Tuesday.

Mourners placed candles and wreaths on the railings by the river, an AFP correspondent said.

“Mohammad Moradi committed suicide to make the voice of revolution heard in Iran. Our voice is not carried by the Western media,” said Timothee Amini of the local Iranian community.

According to several members of the Iranian community, Moradi was a history student and worked in a restaurant.

He lived in Lyon with his wife for three years.

“His heart was beating for Iran, he couldn’t stand the regime any longer,” Amini said.

Protests have gripped Iran for more than three months.

The Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR) said on Tuesday that 476 protesters had been killed in the crackdown and that at least 100 Iranians were at risk of execution for the protests, in addition to two young men already executed.

“Police are attacking people, we have lost a lot of sons and daughters, we have to do something,” Moradi said in the video.

“I have decided to commit suicide in the Rhône. It is a challenge, to show that we, the Iranian people, are very tired of this situation,” he added.



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