Mahsa Amini’s death in Iran prompts Bellevue, worldwide protests

Mahsa Amini died in custody after being arrested for not wearing her hijab properly.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Several peaceful protests took place in Bellevue on Saturday over the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman who was allegedly beaten to death by police in Iran earlier this month. Mahsa Amini died in custody after being arrested for not wearing her hijab properly.

“I’m that girl too, I’m Mahsa Amini too,” said Saghar Amini, a local Iranian-American activist who has no relation to Mahsa Amini. That’s the message hundreds of other people sang Saturday afternoon in the heart of downtown Bellevue, acting as a voice for the voiceless.

“We are here to sing what the Iranians sing to tanks and to bullets and the freedom we have here,” Amini said.

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Organizers of Saturday’s event said they were not part of a single organization. Rather, they are part of the Iranian-American community demanding justice after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

“Many of us women experienced Iran, I experienced it, many women you see here experienced it, many of us left Iran because of it,” Amini said.

Though the protesters are thousands of miles away, they only hope those in power will do more.

“People are being killed on the streets of Iran and we need our elected officials and we need our elected officials, we need our leaders to take action, we need President Biden to take action and support the Iranian people” said Amini.

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