Dozens of citizens gathered at noon on Sunday outside the Iranian embassy, in Nicosia, following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, in order to express their support and solidarity with the women of Iran.
Carrying placards and signs with slogans in Persian, English and Greek and photographs of Mahsa Amini, the protesters chanted slogans such as "Be the voice of Iran", "Freedom in Iran", "Help the women of Iran", "Say no to patriarchy” and “There is no internet in Iran”.
Representing the "Women of Cyprus" community, which organized the protest, Seagull Shahbazi, told CNA that the demonstration is related to everything that is happening in Iran. For 7-8 days, she said, people have been in the streets protesting against the killing of Mahsa Amini, who has now become a symbol because in Iran people are oppressed, women have no rights, they are beaten, they are killed because of the Islamic regime that exists there, she added.
"There is no democracy in Iran and women have no rights," she said. She added that “during the protests that are happening in Iran, they are killing too many people. They cut off the internet so that the world can't see what's really happening," she added. The message of the event is to liberate Iran from the Islamic regime, she concluded.
Mahsa Amini was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for "improper clothing" by the morality police, which is tasked with monitoring compliance with the Islamic Republic's strict dress code.
Amini died three days later in hospital and her death sparked protests in Iran's main cities, including the capital Tehran.
Protests continue in Iran, with the country counting dozens of dead and hundreds of arrests.