“When you watch this video, I will be dead”: an Iranian man committed suicide on Monday by jumping into the Rhône in Lyon in order, he says in a posthumous video, to draw attention to the situation in his shaken country through demonstrations.
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The Iranian was found drowned late Monday afternoon, police told AFP, confirming information from the local newspaper Le Progrès.
The man, 38 years old according to his video, could not be resuscitated despite the intervention of the firefighters, who brought him back to the bank, we learned from the same source.
"The police are attacking people, we have lost a lot of sons and daughters, we have to do something," says the man in a calm voice in this video posted on several social networks before committing the irreparable.
“I decided to commit suicide in the Rhone river, it is a challenge to show that we, Iranian people, we are very tired of this situation” he announces.
“When you watch this video, I will be dead”, he continues, before calling for support for the Iranian people in their fight against “extremely violent police and government”.
Calls for a rally in downtown Lyon, to pay tribute to him, were launched on the networks for 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Iran has been experiencing a wave of protest for two months unprecedented since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. It was born out of demands for women's rights after the death of Mahsa Amini, arrested for having worn the Islamic veil incorrectly, which have changed in opposition to power.