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Aalto University students demonstrate in support of Iranian women

Similar protests took place on more than 100 university campuses around the world on Wednesday.

Aalto Universty Doctoral researcher Fereshteh Sohrabi at Wednesday's event.
Yle News

A demonstration in support of women's rights in Iran was held at the Aalto University campus in Espoo on Wednesday afternoon, with the attendance estimated to be well over a hundred people.

The event was organised by a group called Campus Rally for Iran and featured a series of speeches highlighting the weak position of women in Iranian society.

Civil rights activist Sanna Saastamoinen-Barrois was one of the speakers at the event.

"I cannot understand how trained police and soldiers can beat young girls to death with sticks. Absolutely appalling things are happening there. And all in the name of God. Things like that can't be done," Saastamoinen-Barrois told Yle.

The demonstration at the Aalto campus was part of a much wider global day of events in support of Iranian women, with over 100 university campuses around the world staging similar shows of support for Iranian women.

"It's horrible to read all the news about all the brutality that the regime is doing against women. I cannot keep myself from watching the news and I see every day that many people are being killed and are being tortured in Iran and it is really heartbreaking," Aalto Universty Doctoral researcher Fereshteh Sohrabi told Yle at Wednesday's event.

In Iran, protests against the regime have been ongoing for over two months, since the suspicious death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on 16 September. Iran's Guidance Patrol, a religious morality section of Iran's police force, had detained Amini for wearing a hijab in a manner that was not compliant with government standards.

Iranian authorities have denied she was beaten while in custody.

The unrest in Iran is the most widespread since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with human rights groups reporting that at least 450 people have been killed and more than 18,000 arrested during the two-month-long protests.

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