March 25, 2019
A Hong Kong concert organised by the Iranian Consulate on Monday evening was met with protesters who decried the jailing of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
Around 20 activists staged a silent protest at the City Hall foyer in Central at around 7:45pm, just before the start of a concert titled “Songs of Persia.”
Venue staff did not intervene, as the protesters revealed black t-shirts stating “Free Nasrin Sotoudeh”
The event was presented by the Iranian Consulate as part of a week-long cultural celebration.
Last June, Sotoudeh was arrested and charged with spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran’s supreme leader.
Sotoudeh, who has argued in favour of women’s rights and opposed the death penalty, was given a 38-year jail sentence on March 11. She was also sentenced to receive 148 lashes.
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