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Pittsburgh joins global protests in solidarity with Iranian women following death of Mahsa Amini

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Fayezeh Haji Hassan burns a hijab at the City County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh during a "Be the Voice" rally in support of Iranian women Sat., Oct. 1, 2022.
American-Iranian protesters marched through Downtown Pittsburgh today as organizers in more than 130 cities across the world called attention to the recent death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.

Pittsburgh organizers of the "Be the Voice" rally asked people to show up "to join voices, and show the Iranian people, especially Iranian women that they are not alone; that we hear them and we support them," according to a release about the event.

Amini reportedly died after being arrested and beaten for improperly wearing her hijab. Her death has set off a series of uprisings against the Iranian regime, which runs the country according to strict Islamic teachings.  

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Pittsburgh protesters march through Downtown during the Be the Voice rally.
"I have suffered under this brutal regime first-handed and I migrated to the USA as I could not see myself living in Iran, wearing the compulsory hijab, pretending that I practice a religion that I no longer believe in, and being afraid of imprisonment for free expression of my thoughts," says organizer Maryam Saeedi.

Saturday's protest in Pittsburgh followed an event on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University last week, where about 100 gathered to light candles in honor of Amini.

“We have a brutal regime,” said an organizer of last week's event. “It's not our choice; it seems like they have invaded the country.”

This morning's protest included a march through heavy rain, and actions from participants including a burning of a hijab and one protester cutting their hair in front of the City-County Building.

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Community member Vesta (no last name given) holds signs reading “Women Life Freedom” and “Hadas Najah”
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A sign reading “I STAND WITH IRANIAN WOMEN”
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Community member Marjan (no last name given) cuts her hair in solidarity with Iranian women during the “Be The Voice” rally in Downtown Pittsburgh.
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Protester Mia (no last name given), holds a sign reading “Women Life Freedom”
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Fayezeh Haji Hassan marches through Downtown Pittsburgh.
click to enlarge Pittsburgh joins global protests in solidarity with Iranian women following death of Mahsa Amini
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Pittsburgh protesters march through Downtown during the Be the Voice rally.