Monday 25 May 2020

Global rallies slam US legal system in wake of Press TV anchor detention

Massive rallies have been held in many cities around the world to protest against the US legal system, in the wake of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s imprisonment of Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi, who had traveled to the United States to visit her family.

As Reported by Qods News Agency (Qodsna) Demonstrators gathered in Washington, DC, on Friday to condemn the FBI's illegal detention of the Press TV journalist.


In an address during the demonstration, Hashemi recounted her ordeal during her time in jail and mistreatment by the American justice system.  

"It can be called whatever they want to call it, but I was kidnapped from the St. Louis airport. Fortunately my son Reza was with me otherwise who knows what could have happened. You can be made to disappear very easily," Hashemi told the crowd attending the rally.

The arrest had a lot to do "with where I live and related to the work I do," she added.


Press TV anchorwoman Marzieh Hashemi attends a demo in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2019 against the US legal system and her illegal imprisonment without charge by the FBI for 10 days. (Photo via Twitter)


All out to support #MarziehHashemi today at Grand Central in New York! End the repression of journalists who stand against racism and imperialism!

— Workers World Party (@workersworld) January 26, 2019

Similar rallies were also held in the Australian city of Melbourne, where they also slammed US authorities for forcibly removing Hashemi's hijab (the head covering for Muslim women) in custody.


Activistas #australianos han manifestado en #Melbourne su solidaridad con #MarzieHashemi por la detención sufrida en #EEUU
Historia Completa:

— HispanTV (@Hispantv) January 25, 2019

People also gathered outside the US embassy in London, the United Kingdom, to express their anger at the US legal system.

The protesters chanted slogans in support of Hashemi and carried placards that read, "Journalism is not a crime."


Speaking to Press TV, Ahmed Haneef, an Islamic cleric, said, "I think Marzieh Hashemi is a symbol. [She is] a symbol of the dangerous situation Muslims are in or non-Muslims are in, not only in the United States but in many countries of the world where we have been victims of Islamophobia."

Protest outside the US embassy in London condemning the FBI’s treatment of #MarziehHashemi and against the Material Witness Statute ✊

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