EU lawmaker cuts her hair in support of hijab protests in Iran, says ‘Enough of the muttering’

Brussels: A European lawmaker cut her hair during a debate in parliament to show solidarity with Iranian women amid ongoing protests in the country following the death of Mahsa Amini. During the EU debate in Strasbourg, Swedish politician Abir Al Sahlani said: “We, the people and citizens of the EU, demand an unconditional and immediate end to all violence against men and women in Iran.” “Until the women of Iran are free, we will stay with you,” Al Sahlani said, cutting her hair with scissors in front of MEPs, according to a video she posted on her Twitter handle.

More than 100 people have been killed in nationwide protests against the death of Mahsa Amini, according to the Norway-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR). Iranian schoolgirls and women have come out in large numbers to demonstrate, removing their hijabs and holding demonstrations in protest at Amini’s death. Many women even cut their hair while chanting anti-government slogans.

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Abir Al-Sahlani, MEP, pointed out that Iran’s women have shown three weeks of continuous courage. “They pay the ultimate price for freedom with their lives.” Enough of the press releases now, enough of the muttering, it’s time to speak up, it’s time to act. The hands of the mullahs’ regimes in Iran are smeared with blood. Neither history nor Allah of Almighty God will forgive you for crimes against humanity you commit against your people,” she added. Amini, 22, died in custody after being attacked by Iran’s “morality police” on September 13 was arrested for allegedly violating the strict dress code.

She later fell into a coma shortly after collapsing in a detention center and died of a heart attack three days later, authorities said. Since her death, thousands have joined anti-government demonstrations across the country. Security forces have sometimes responded with live ammunition and many people have been killed, injured and detained during the protests. Last week, UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was “increasingly concerned” about reports of the rising death toll. He said he had been following events closely and called on the security forces to stop using “unnecessary or disproportionate force”.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei broke his silence on the protest, blaming the United States for the ongoing protests in the country on Monday. Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Tehran, Khamenei said he was heartbroken by the death of the 22-year-old girl in police custody. However, he did not approve of the large-scale demonstrations after Amini’s death.’ We too were heartbroken.

But the response to this incident, although no investigation has been done and nothing is certain, should not have been some people come and make the streets unsafe, unsafe the people, harm security, burn the Quran, wear the hijab of a woman, burn mosques and hussainiyahs, and arson people’s banks and cars,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.

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