This combination of pictures created on September 21, 2022 shows from top left: Nasibe Samsaei, an Iranian woman living in Turkey, cutting off her ponytail during a protest outside the Iranian consulate in Istanbul on September 21, 2022, following the death of an Iranian woman after her arrest by the country’s morality police in Tehran. Mahsa Amini, 22, was on a visit with her family to the Iranian capital Tehran, when she was detained on September 13, 2022, by the police unit responsible for enforcing Iran’s strict dress code for women, including the wearing of the headscarf in public. She was declared dead on September 16, 2022 by state television after having spent three days in a coma. Yasin AKGUL / AFP
On Wednesday, a woman chopped her hair in sympathy with Mahsa Amini, whose murder in Iranian captivity prompted widespread unrest, as hundreds of other protesters applauded. The event was staged outside Tehran’s Istanbul consulate.
The photos of Amini, 22, who passed away last week after being detained by Iran’s morality police for reportedly donning a hijab in a “improper” manner were carried by Turkish and Iranian ladies outside the consulate. Amini was 22 years old.
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“We are all Mahsa Amini,” read one banner.
“Iranian women’s fight for freedom is our own fight. Long live our international solidarity!” another said.
The Iranian woman who chopped her hair in front of the consulate, Nasibe Samsaei, was following in the footsteps of other women who had participated in the nationwide rallies, which, according to government statistics and human rights organizations, resulted in at least eight fatalities.
Other Turkish women’s rights campaigners also announced hair cuts via tweets.
One of the tweets read, “The Iranian ladies who stand up for themselves will never walk alone.”
Despite the fact that there was a sizable police presence outside the consulate, the demonstration was peacefully resolved, according to an AFP photographer.
Turkey is home to a sizable Iranian diaspora, which in 2021 was predicted to number 120,000 individuals.
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It is against the law for women to be seen in the street or in public without wearing an Islamic headscarf, according to Article 638 of the Islamic penal code. Whether the police can arbitrarily detain persons without a court warrant under this statute is up for debate.
Amini’s death “in detention for a ‘improper’ hijab is horrific,” according to Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, who also called for those guilty to be held accountable.
Amnesty International demanded that the cause of Amini’s death be looked thoroughly. It stated that a criminal investigation must be conducted into the “circumstances leading to the mysterious death in custody of 22-year-old young woman, Mahsa Amini, which include claims of torture and other ill-treatment in detention.”
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