VIDEO: Hampstead parents march on Downing Street for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Iran
PUBLISHED: 11:46 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:31 05 December 2016
Around 200 mothers, fathers and children, are calling for Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action
Richard Ratcliffe, husband of West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has joined the march from Green Park to demand our government takes decisive action.
Community figures Jessica Learmond-Criqui and Linda Grove, with support from the Ham&High, organised the march this morning in central London.
The group will descend on Downing Street and then to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to call for Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to act.
Parents will deliver a letter calling for Nazanin’s release, as well as a Christmas card and presents for Gabriella, Nazanin’s two-year-old daughter.
Hampstead mums march on Downing Street
Nazanin's husband Richard Ratcliffe and Ham&High editor Emily Banks
Jessica Learmond-Criqui, Tom Conti, Linda Grove and Emily Banks outside 10 Downing Street.
Messages of support for Nazanin were handed in to the Foreign Office.
Hampstead mums march along Piccadilly
The protest marches past the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square
Co-organiser Linda Grove (right) marches side by side with Nazanin's mother-in-law Barbara Ratcliffe
Hampstead mums including Anna Nash-Steer and baby Lucy chant Free Nazanin slogans on Parliament Square
After delivering letters to both Number 10 and the Foreign Office the protestors lined up in Parliament Square to call for Nazanin to be freed.
Delivering a letter to the Foreign Office from left Linda Grove, Jessica Learmond-Criqui, Tom Conti and Emily Banks
Demonstrators line up directly opposite the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and call for both Theresa May and Boris Johnson to take some action.
. Co organiser Linda Grove with a card of messages that were handed in to the Foreign Office
. Demonstrators line up opposite Downing Street and call on Theresa May to bring Nazanin home
Hampstead mums and children set off from Green Park
Protesters march alongside Richard Ratcliffe with his mother Barbara Ratcliffe
March for Nazanin
Thomson Reuters charity worker Nazanin and her daughter Gabriella, now two, were seized at Tehran airport on April 3 as they returned from a family holiday to visit her parents in Iran.
Nazanin, who has dual Anglo-Iranian nationality, was thrown in jail and Gabriella’s passport was seized, leaving her trapped in Iran where she is being cared for by her grandparents.
Nazanin was sentenced to five years in jail by a court on still unspecified charges.
Husband Richard Ratcliffe believes Nazanin is being held as a bargaining tool by the Iran following a revelation that the British government is embroiled with a row with the Iranian government.
Iranian officials accuse the British government of owing £500million over some military equipment.
Richard revealed his wife had recently written her family a “goodbye letter” from jail and that her physical and mental health has deteriorated, in a worrying development.
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