Students and community members hold demonstration after Iranian woman’s death


Dozens of people gathered at Carnegie Mellon University on Thursday for a rally in memory of a young woman who died in Iran after her arrest.

Mahsa Amini, 22, died shortly after she was taken into custody by the country’s notorious “morality police,” which enforce strict dress laws.

Police allege that Amini died of a heart attack, while witnesses have reported that she was brutally beaten after her arrest. She fell into a coma and died Friday.

“She was not the first and she will not be the last if the regime remains,” said Fayezeh Haji Hassan. “It could have been me, it could have been my nieces, my mother, any other woman. For us, it’s not just about her, it’s what she represented: the oppression of women.”

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Haji Hassan, an Iranian resident now living in the Pittsburgh area who attended Thursday’s meeting, told Channel 11 that women in Iran are being deprived of basic human rights.

“We’ve all been through that, so in a way this is a support for all of us, to show each other that we are not alone, and to be a voice for everyone fighting out there,” said Shima Rasapour.

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“It’s just really bad. I don’t know how else to describe this extreme feeling of anger — anger at the people who did this and remorse for the people who experience it every day,” said CMU Professor Ali Shourideh.

Amini’s death has sparked violent protests across Iran. As a result, the country has reportedly cut off internet access.

“We are here to be their voice,” Rasapour said.

Many of the Iranian natives present chose not to speak on camera or be filmed for fear of government retaliation.

The United Nations has reportedly called for a thorough investigation into what happened to Amini.

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