SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA – Santa Barbara continues to stand in solidarity with Iranian women, with another week of uninterrupted protests.
Organized by UCSB professors, the people of the region have rallied to continue to raise awareness in their communities in support of human rights abuses and violence against women at the hands of the Iranian government.
Iranian women continue to protest against strict gender-based regulations that require women to cover their hair and body in a specific dress code enforced by Iran’s morality police.
Iranian women rioted nationwide after 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Zhina Amini died in custody of Iran’s morality police for wearing a loose hijab. At least two young women, including 16-year-old Nika Shakarami, have died during state protests.
As the Iranian government continues to impose strict press controls, it is currently difficult to know the exact number of women who have taken to the streets, appeared without a hijab, or died protesting against Iran’s current killing of women. Impossible.
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