Video | Cut your hair or burn a hijab: Iranian women’s gestures in solidarity with Mahsa Amini | Videos
As can be seen in the video that accompanies this news, the social networks and the protests called in Iran, Turkey, Germany or Canada are serving to show the outrage over the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old girl died in the custody of the Moral Police, who arrested her for showing her hair through her hijab.
Since his death, Iran has experienced a wave of fury, with mobilizations that have led to violence between protesters and authorities and have left five dead. The Iranian Interior Ministry is conducting an investigation into what happened in the hours that Amini entered a police station, in apparent good health, and left in an induced coma. “We have to wait for the medical results of this woman to understand the cause of her death, because she apparently had a series of medical problems. She had physical problems. The coroner’s reports have not been completed yet so we cannot comment,” Home Minister Ahmad Vahidi said.
In social networks, some of the protesters carry out gestures to vindicate the memory of Ahmad Vahidi and the fight for women’s rights. Many have shared videos walking the streets of Iran without their hijab, and have recorded the aggressive reactions of some men who forced them to wear them, or the arrests of some activists. Others have gone even further, burning their veils in makeshift bonfires during protests, to applause from protesters. A gesture that can pass for common has, however, become a powerful symbol: getting a haircut. The reason that led Amini to die.
In the video you can see how the women record themselves looking at the camera, in silence, while they cut their hair. The protesters have also done so in public in calls in Iran and in some European cities, such as Istanbul or Berlin.