A Swedish member of the European parliament cut off her hair during a speech to the EU assembly to stand with the women in Iran on Tuesday Oct. 4.
In her speech, 46-year-old Abir Al-Sahani, who was born in Iraq, demanded an end to violence against the women and men in Iran, who have been taking to the streets in unprecedented protests following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who died after she was detained by “morality police” over allegedly breaking the country’s mandatory hijab rule
“Until Iran is free, our fury will be bigger than the oppressors. Until the women of Iran are free we are going to stand with you,” Al-Sahani said.
She then pulled out a pair of scissors and proceeded to cut her hair while uttering the words, “Jin, Jiyan, Azadi,” which is Kurdish for “Woman, Life, Freedom” – a slogan that has come to be associated with the protests, which have spread around the world.
Iran has been rocked by mass protests following Amini’s death on Sep. 13 after allegedly being beaten by the “morality police”.
At least 154 protesters have been killed in the nationwide protests as of Oct. 4, according to Iran Human Rights.