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Demonstrators hold protest outside Iranian embassy (photos)

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Photo: Christos Theodorides

Demonstrators gathered anew on Tuesday outside the Iranian embassy to protest following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died after being taken into custody by Iran’s morality police following her arrest for having some hair showing.

Dozens of people gathered outside the embassy in Nicosia, holding placards with Amini’s photograph and yelling out ‘No to the dictatorship’.

Participants also held placards with slogans reading ‘Freedom for Iran’, ‘No internet in Iran’ and ‘Help the women of Iran’.

Amini was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police enforcing the Islamic republic’s strict dress code. She died three days later after falling into a coma while in detention.

Her death has unleashed fury over issues including restrictions on personal freedoms in Iran, the strict dress codes for women, and an economy reeling from sanctions, sparking the worst protests in Iran since 2019.

Women have played a prominent role in the protests, waving and burning their veils, with some cutting their hair in public.

Protests in solidarity with the Iranian people are ongoing in Nicosia following her death.

 

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