This Saturday: Join A Peaceful Protest Supporting The Women Of Iran In Forrest Chase
Normally before the weekend we’re telling you all about where to get the best hangover-busting breakfast or where to check out a cute market – but today we’re getting a bit more serious.
It’s been heart-wrenching to see the atrocities being committed against the women and children of Iran after protests were ignited following the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while she was in police custody, arrested for incorrectly wearing her hijab.
Protests have now been taking place for over a month across the country, with over 215 people killed, including 27 children. Many of these children have had their classrooms raided, with 16-year-old Asra Panahi beaten to death for refusing to sing a pro-regime song.
So how can you get involved?
One way is to join the peaceful protest taking place this Saturday 22 October, between 11AM and 1PM at Forrest Chase.
“We ask that everyone irrespective of faith, beliefs or otherwise to join us in being the voice of Iranian woman,” Persia Bahmani, one of the protest’s organisers, told us.
“As an Iranian woman I felt I could have been Mahsa,” she said. “I have been detained for just the same ‘crime’ in the very same police station where she was murdered. My friends, cousins and aunties walk the streets that the morality police patrol every day like hawks hunting prey.”
Bahmani went on to say now was not the time to sit quietly on sidelines: “I have felt the humiliation and simmering, all consuming fury of being a second class citizen. I have cried endless tears for the prisons filled with the greatest minds and hearts in Iran. I have watched as brilliant, bright courageous woman are oppressed into lives of submission and hopeless spiritual poverty…
“We cannot sit in silence while the IR continues to torture, detain and kill our women, men and children.”
You can also show your support by signing the Amnesty International petition.
The peaceful protest has been approved by the WA Police, and will be taking place on Saturday October 22, between 11AM and 1PM at Forrest Chase.
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