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Crack down on France immolations

Paris, June 19 (Reuters): Iranian exiles staged a second day of protests in Paris today against a roundup of their Left-wing opposition leaders, while French police led small groups away to prevent any more self-immolations.

Less than 100 exiled followers of Maryam Rajavi, detained head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) that wants to overthrow Tehran’s religious rulers, gathered under the Eiffel Tower chanting “Free Mrs Rajavi”.

Three protesters set themselves on fire yesterday in a Paris protest against the raid, which rounded up 159 sympathisers at Council houses around the capital on Tuesday. Two women and one man were being treated for serious burns.

Two Iranian exiles in Rome and one in Berne, Switzerland, set themselves on fire in protests similar to those in France yesterday. All were taken to hospital for treatment.

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