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Death of Mahsa Amini: marches in support of Iranian women in several cities around the world

A woman cuts her hair in Santiago, Chile… This gesture has become a symbol of support for Iranian women outraged by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died after being arrested by the morality police for a poorly worn veil.

“This oppression has lasted for 43 years”

Solidarity demonstrations took place on Saturday in dozens of cities around the world. From Tokyo to San Francisco, from London to Rome. In the processions, many Iranian expatriates called for freedom for women in Iran:

“With this regime, human rights simply cannot be respected. Now is the time to think that we have the capacity to change this oppression which has lasted for 43 years”says Sahar, an Iranian who has lived in Italy for ten years.

“We no longer want this government, we no longer want the Ayatollahs”; adds Arezzo, who has lived in Rome for thirteen years.

1,200 people arrested, more than 80 dead in Iran

In Tehran and other cities in Iran, students gathered in universities to demand the release of detainees, while 1,200 people were arrested in two weeks of protest, according to an official report. NGOs point to the particularly brutal repression of the Iranian regime, which has already claimed more than 80 lives.

The Iranian authorities deny any responsibility for the death of Mahsa Amini. They accuse the demonstrators of sowing “chaos” and forces abroad, including the United States, their sworn enemy, of being behind the rallies or of inciting them.

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