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Iranians in Finland stage demonstration in capital

Similar to demonstrations around the world, women in Helsinki cut their hair to protest a 22-year-old's death in custody in Iran.

Mielenosoituksen järjestäjä Azzar Sarikhani: "Ihmiset vaativat Iranissa naisten oikeuksia ja se lämmittää sydäntäni"
Mielenosoituksen järjestäjä Azzar Sarikhani: "Ihmiset vaativat Iranissa naisten oikeuksia ja se lämmittää sydäntäni"

Iranians living in Finland gathered in central Helsinki on Sunday to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody in Iran. Iranian officials detained Amini after finding fault with her clothing.

Amini's death has led to a wave of global demonstrations where female protesters have burned hijabs or cut their hair.

Helsinki police said the demonstration in front of Kamppi shopping centre drew around 200 protesters.

Image: Katriina Laine / Yle

Azzar Sarikhani, one of the organisers of Sunday’s demo, said she also suffered violence at the hands of Iran's morality police before moving to Finland.

"There's so much violence and women's position in society is so low," said Azizeh Lotfallah, who joined the demonstration in central Helsinki.

She said she hoped that Finland—and Europe in general—would show support for the women of Iran.

Reacting to the news of Amini's death, Environment Minister and Green Party leader Maria Ohisalo tweeted (siirryt toiseen palveluun), "this is so stupid and cruel that it's difficult to find the right words…Finland and other countries need to stand by Iran's women."

Women in the country must cover their hair and neck and wear loose clothing in public.

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