Melbourne: thousands rally in solidarity with Iran protests

September 30, 2022

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Thousands of people rallied in Melbourne, for the second time in a week, to stand in solidarity with the people of Iran.

The deaths of Mahsa (also known as Zhina or Jina) Amini, and others, at the hands of Iran’s ‘morality’ police has sparked defiant protests in the country in opposition to its brutal dictatorship.

These protests are predominantly led by women and other oppressed groups, who are subject to punitive morality laws – which force women to wear hijabs. Failure to do so results in arrests, beatings, detention and even death.

As part of the protests, women have been cutting their hair as well as removing their hijabs in defiance of these laws.

Rallies in solidarity with the Iranian protests have also been held across the world.

Another rally will take place in Melbourne on October 1, 2pm at Federation Square.

Matt Hrkac

Matt Hrkac is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist based in Geelong and works across Melbourne and throughout Victoria.


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