Wednesday 21 February 2018

This is how people are marking the 365th day since Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's arrest in Iran

By Prudence Wade

Supporters are tying ribbons to trees and sharing their ideas of freedom.

On the 365th day since Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s arrest, family and friends have gathered at Fortune Green – close to her home in Hampstead, north-west London.

The 38-year-old was arrested at Tehran Airport on April 3 last year while visiting family in Iran with daughter Gabriella. She was imprisoned for five years in September and lost an appeal against her sentence in January, but maintains her innocence against a charge of plotting to topple the government.

Supporters tied yellow ribbons to a tree in the park along with quotes from inmates at the prison where Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being held, describing what they would do with one day of freedom.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s wish reads: “My fondest dream has always been to arrive at our home, you ask me if I want to have a cup of tea, then make me one.

“I just sit back and watch you two play. This is the image I had most when in solitary confinement.

“How I wish I could watch you both dance in the middle of our sitting room to the Michael Jackson music – like when Gabriella was only tiny.”

She also told how she would like to “put a huge paper on the wall” and “draw a world in which there are no prisons, walls or fences – and let Gabriella do the colouring”.

Her husband Richard said it had been a “long year of separation, a year of our lives interrupted”.

He is calling on supporters to tie ribbons on trees and send photos, along with their ideas of freedom.

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