Politician cuts hair throughout speech in solidarity with Iranian ladies


Her act got here as protests proceed in Iran following the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after allegedly breaching the nation’s guidelines that require ladies to cowl their hair with a hijab.

Rights teams say at the least 130 individuals have died, as safety forces together with police and the volunteer Basij militia crack down on the protests.

Talking on the EU parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Ms Al-Sahlani paid tribute to the “three weeks of steady braveness proven by the ladies in Iran”.


”Persian, Azeri, Kurdish ladies are paying the final word worth for freedom – their lives,” she stated.

“Sufficient with the press releases now, sufficient with the mumbling. It’s time to talk out. It’s time to behave.

“We, the peoples and the ctiizens of the EU demand the unconditional and fast cease of all of the violence in opposition to the men and women in Iran. Till Iran is free, our fury shall be larger than the oppressors’.”

Elevating a pair of scissors and utilizing them to chop off her ponytail, she added: “Till the ladies of Iran are free, we’re going to stand with you.”

Her transfer follows the discharge of a video displaying greater than 50 French feminine actors and musicians symbolically additionally reducing items of their very own hair solidarity with Iranian ladies.

Amongst these featured are main actresses Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, and Charlotte Gainsbourg who options alongside along with her mom, singer Jane Birkin.

Final week, British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – who spent six years in jail in Iran earlier than her launch earlier this 12 months – despatched footage of herself reducing her locks to BBC Persian.

The West Hampstead-based mother-of-one, talking in Persian, named ladies who’ve confronted punishment below Iranian legislation earlier than taking cuts of her hair.

“For my mom, for my daughter, for the worry of solitary confinement, for the ladies of my nation, for freedom,” she stated on the finish of the video.

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