About fifty people demonstrated in Dam Square in Amsterdam on Sunday against the execution of wrestler Navid Afkari by the Iranian regime. The demonstration was organized by the Association of Iranian Academics in the Netherlands.
The athlete was sentenced to death for allegedly stabbing a security officer to death during protests against the government in 2018. The state media announced the execution on Saturday.
There was international outcry against the death sentence. Afkari is said to have made a confession under the pressure of torture, which he later withdrew. The Association of Iranian Academics in the Netherlands also claims that Afkari made a confession under duress.
Among other things, the demonstrators want the Dutch government to condemn the Iranian regime, a spokesman said. They also want the Dutch government to draw attention to the fate of two Afkaris brothers who are in prison. The brothers were sentenced to 54 and 27 years in prison for taking part in a demonstration that Afkari attended.