BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A Swedish member of the European Parliament cut her hair during a speech at the EU assembly in solidarity with anti-government demonstrations in Iran sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
“Until Iran is free, our fury will be greater than that of the oppressors. Until the women of Iran are free, we will stand with you,” Iraqi-born Abir Al-Sahani told parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday night. .
Then, taking a pair of scissors, she said “Jin, Jiyan, Azadi” (woman, life, freedom in Kurdish) as she cut off her ponytail.
Prominent French actresses such as Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert also cut locks of their hair in protest at Amini’s death after she was arrested in Tehran on September 13 for “inappropriate dress”.
Iran’s clerical rulers have been dealing with the largest national unrest in years since his death and protests have spread to other countries, including London, Paris, Rome and Madrid, in solidarity with Iranian protesters.
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