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Richard Ratcliffe has been on hunger strike for more than 20 days. He wants to challenge the British government over the fate of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been banned from leaving Iran. To support them, on the evening of Friday, 11 November, a vigil in songs was organized in front of the Ministry of External Affairs, where they are camping.
With our correspondent in London, Claire DiGiacomi
Drawn features, tied in a fleece, a cap on his head. Richard Ratcliffe continues to smile among the dozens of people who have come to support him with music, even though his body has been tense for three weeks: “ Mentally, I still feel clean. On the other hand, physically, I am much weaker, slower, more alert. 20 days has started to do a lot. Now it is day to day. I don’t think I will be able to be there again next week. ,
Support from relatives, but also anonymous
He pitched his tent in front of the Ministry of External Affairs to convince the government to bring back his wife. The mortgage, according to him, was due to an old debt claimed by Tehran to the British state. By his side, he can count on people close to him, such as his 7-year-old daughter, Gabriella, or his brother-in-law: “ Thank you so much for your support during these three difficult weeks… ,
But also anonymous people, like Joanna: “ I’ve been following this business for a few years now, I don’t stay away from Richard and Nazanin. She’s a mom, with a little girl, it’s really sad. And the government is not doing anything. ,
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already spent 5 years in prison in Iran and may return soon after a new sentence, confirmation on appeal In October.
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