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Free Nazanin: West Hampstead group 'knit for Naz' at Emmanuel Church

PUBLISHED: 09:45 07 June 2019

Richard Ratcliffe with a group of eager West Hampstead neighbours at a Knitting for Nazanin event. Picture: Joshua Thurston

Richard Ratcliffe with a group of eager West Hampstead neighbours at a Knitting for Nazanin event. Picture: Joshua Thurston

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Grassroots campaigners came together at Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead to play their part in a knitting campaign in support of neighbour Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Richard Ratcliffe thanks knitters at the West Hampstead Knitting for Nazanin event. Picture: Joshua ThurstonRichard Ratcliffe thanks knitters at the West Hampstead Knitting for Nazanin event. Picture: Joshua Thurston

Nazanin, who has been held in Iran's Evin jail since 2016, is serving a five year term over spying charges which she fervently denies.

Inspired by a similar event held by the Cardiff branch of Amnesty International, West Hampstead women Catherine Allison, Carol Forrester and Jane Marshall wanted to organise something in solidarity with Nazanin.

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Nazanin's husband Richard also went along with his parents.

Knitting for Nazanin. Picture: Joshua ThurstonKnitting for Nazanin. Picture: Joshua Thurston

Catherine told this newspaper: "It's really nice that we were able to do something together to help.

"We had a wonderful group come along, and it was good for there to be something Richard didn't have to organise, too."

The woollen chain-links will form part of 1190 links knitted ahead of Nazanin's 1190th day in prison - which will be July 7. Amnesty Cardiff are holding a campaigning event, "Stand up for peace," to mark the occasion.

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