protests across borders

People take part in a protest following the death of Mahsa Amini, outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, September 23, 2022. CHRISTIAN MANG / REUTERS

IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES – From Los Angeles to Beirut to Madrid, streets around the world are showing their support for the Iranian protests.

The death of Mahsa Amini, after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran, sparked a wave of protest in the country’s major cities. Suppressed in violence, these demonstrations caused the death of at least 50 people, according to official figures from an NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR). This movement has gained in power and now goes beyond the borders of Iran. Thousands of people gathered in the streets around the world to express their anger and show their support for Iranian women.

The Angels

About a thousand people from the Iranian community took to the streets of the City of Angels in solidarity with the demonstrations against the death of Mahsa Amini, this Thursday, September 22. Men, women and children waved flags, photos of the 22-year-old and signs calling for accountability from the Iranian government.

Californian Kurds hold a protest and candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Mahsa Zhina Amini in front of the Federal Building on September 22, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Apu Gomes / AFP

This rally was an opportunity to protest against the dress rules imposed by the government, considered too radical. “The hijab is used as a weapon“, chanted a young woman on the television channel CBS Los Angeles. Comparing this drama to that of Georges Flyod in 2020, she implored the American journalist “to amplify this storyto drive change.

After the demonstration, a vigil was organized to pay homage to Mahsa Amini at nightfall. Candles were placed in front of portraits of the victim.

Images of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, are displayed during a candlelight vigil to protest her death outside the Wilshire Federal Building in Los Angeles, United States, September 22, 2022. BING GUAN / REUTERS
Protesters during a candlelight vigil following the death of a young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, outside the Wilshire Federal Building in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 22, 2022. BING GUAN / REUTERS

Los Angeles is home to the largest number of individuals of Iranian descent, outside of Iran. In 2019, 87,000 Iranians lived in the Californian city, according to figures from the Los Angeles Times . A large part lives inTehrangeles», a Persian enclave in Westwood (west of the city). This Iranian diaspora took its roots from the 1930s, but reached its peak during the 1979 revolution.

New York

On the other side of the country, in New York, a demonstration was held against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday, September 21. At the foot of the United Nations building, photos of victims of the massacre of Iranian prisoners in 1988 have been placed. Mahsa Amini’s death has become a symbol of the suppression of freedom in Iran.

People take part in a protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi outside the United Nations on September 21, 2022 in New York City. STEPHANIE KEITH / AFP
Photos showing the victims of the massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988 in front of the United Nations, September 21, 2022 in New York. STEPHANIE KEITH / AFP

A mobilized Europe

On the other side of the Atlantic, many European capitals have joined the global movement. In front of the Brandenburg Gate at Berlinthe crowd waved flags, signs and photos of Mahsa Amini, this Friday, September 23.

People take part in a protest outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, September 23, 2022. CHRISTIAN MANG / REUTERS
A protester holds her hair during a demonstration outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, September 23, 2022. CHRISTIAN MANG / REUTERS

Several women carried out punch actions, filmed and broadcast on social networks. This is particularly the case of three young women in their twenties who, in front of the public eye, cut their hair. Like the Iranians. Since Sunday, similar videos have been swarming on the internet. Iranian women cut their hair or set fire to their veils. Strong gestures, aimed at challenging the authorities, who have also cut off a large part of the internet network.

To Madridmembers of the feminist activist groupwomenalso protested this Friday, September 23, outside the gates of the Iranian Embassy. As usual, it was bare breasts that they proudly held up signs on which was written “Femen with the women of Iran“. The Spanish Civil Guard quickly asked them to leave the place.

Members of the feminist activist group Femen demonstrate in support of Iranian women and against the death of Iranian Mahsa Amini outside the Iranian embassy in Madrid on September 23, 2022. THOMAS COEX / AFP

Further south, Athens in Greece, the demonstration in front of the Iranian embassy was marked by violence. A fight broke out between the Iranian community, left-wing groups and law enforcement.

Protesters fight with riot police, during a protest outside the Iranian Embassy, ​​in Athens, Greece, September 22, 2022. COSTAS BALTAS / REUTERS

At the gates of Iran, disputes are raging

This protest movement with global resonances is also spreading in Turkey, where women have also cut their hair in the public square in Istanbul. Sails were burned, as a pledge of support for the Iranian women.

Nasibe Samsaei, an Iranian living in Turkey, cuts her ponytail during a protest outside the Iranian consulate in Istanbul on September 21, 2022. YASIN AKGUL / AFP

Significant popular gatherings also took place in Beirutin Lebanon, where women carried out a sit-in (a demonstration consisting of sitting in a group on the public highway).

If no event has taken place in France so far, two events are planned in Paris, this Saturday, September 24. They are organized by Kurdish and Iranian associations.




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