Women cut their hair at rally in Perth to protest Iran

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Women cut their hair at rally in Perth to protest Iran

Several women have cut their hair at a Perth rally in solidarity with protesters in Iran after the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody of the country's morality police.

Mahsa Amini was arrested on September 13 for wearing unsuitable clothing. She fell into a coma while in detention and died in a hospital three days after her arrest.

Human rights advocates accuse Iranian police of beating and torturing Ms Amini, but they deny the claims.

Hundreds of Iranians gathered in central Perth to protest the human rights abuses of the Iranian regime, one of many worldwide rallies.

Second-generation Persian-Australian Armita Ghassemifar said it was hard to be in Australia and watching the Iranian people suffer.

When Mahsa died, it was like that jolt of energy that the Iranian people needed.

We've never seen protests this big with this much power. Rally organiser Mehdi Ghatei said he had never seen such a large gathering of Iranians in Perth.

He said he organized the rally to give a voice to the people in Iran who are being cut off from the world by their government.

In Iran, people are voiceless. They don't have media, they don't have anything. He said they are coming to the street with empty hands.

They are just asking us to be our voice, that we are living in a free country. He said the Iranian regime was killing people during the widespread protests that are now happening across the country.

With empty hands, people are protesting against the hijab and against the regime change and basic human rights, but they are killing them with military forces, Mr Ghatei said.

Tell everyone in the world what is happening in Iran.

We need to stop this regime, we need to stop the mass killing. He said that Ms Amini's death had united the people of Iran in grief and the need for change.

All of the people in Iran are united now. He said that everyone from different religion backgrounds had a different background or cultural background.

On Saturday, Iran's state television reported that 41 people had been killed during the week-long unrest.