Iranian women chop off hair to mark protest over death of Mahsa Amini

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Iranian women chop off hair to mark protest over death of Mahsa Amini

A slew of protests erupted in Iran on Sunday over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, following her detention by the country’s morality police as women protesters cut their hair and burnt hijabs to protest against the mandatory veiling of women, media reports said.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist, shared on her social media account a video of women cutting their hair and wrote, “Iranian women show their anger by cutting their hair and burning their hijabs to protest against the killing of Mahsa Amini by hijab police.” “From the age of 7, if we don’t cover our hair, we won’t be able to go to school or get a job.”We are fed up with this gender apartheid regime,” she added.
In another tweet, an Iranian journalist shared the visuals from the Tehran University and said that the students joined the protest against the killing of Mahsa Amini by “Hijab police.” She also said that the Iranians were outraged.
“Yesterday the security forces opened fire at protesters in Saghez City, but now Tehran has joined the protest,” Alinejad said in a tweet.
In a series of tweets, Alinejad shared another video on her Twitter handle and said that the “brave women” stormed the streets on the second day and chanted “Don’t be afraid, we are all united.” She also informed me that the security forces opened fire at protesters and injured some of them, but this doesn’t stop the people from raising their voices against the wrongdoing.
As per Al Jazeera, Mahsa Amini, 22, was on a visit to Tehran with her family when she was detained by the specialist police unit. After a while, she suffered a heart attack and was immediately taken to the hospital with the cooperation of the emergency services.
“Unfortunately, she died and her body was transferred to the medical examiner’s office,” state television said on Friday, reported Al Jazeera. The announcement came a day after Tehran police confirmed Amini had been detained with other women for “instruction” about the rules.
Human rights activists who have spoken to the family said the police grabbed Amini and forced her inside a police vehicle, CNN reported quoting IranWire. Her brother, Kiarash, intervened however the police told him that they are taking his sister to the police station for one hour of “re-education.”
Her brother waited outside the police station for her to be released however an ambulance pulled up and took his sister to the hospital.