A crowd protested in the city center for women’s rights and an end to the current regime in Iran.
Hundreds of people crowded around loudspeakers with megaphones on Saturday October 15 to comment on the current political unrest in the country.
Demonstrators at the event, one of many sparked internationally by the death of 22-year-old Masa Amini, chanted slogans such as “Woman, Life, Freedom” to raise awareness of problems in their country.
One person at the event, who wished to remain anonymous because of the danger of speaking out against the Iranian regime, said: “The situation in Iran is so bad. The government brutalizes the people and so many people are affected, both inside and outside the country.
“It’s nice to see the solidarity, especially from non-Iranians. The reason I want to remain anonymous is that it is dangerous for people to speak out against the government because they will be arrested if they return to Iran.
“We’re so fortunate in Brighton because we can love who we want and be who we are, but they don’t have that luxury.”
Protests like the one outside Churchill Square in Brighton were sparked by the death of Amini on Tuesday 13th September when she was being arrested by Iran’s Morality Police.
Anger at her death has since spread across Iran and the rest of the world, morphing into people who want to overthrow Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The Iranian government insists Ms Amini was not abused, but her family says her body bore bruises and other signs of being beaten.
Amir Zolfaghari, who attended the event, said: “For the past month I’ve been watching the news as soon as I get up and I’ve been crying while I’ve had breakfast.
“It is extremely difficult to get in touch with the people in the country. Western countries say: ‘We support you’, but in practice they do nothing.”
Many people have found it difficult to connect with friends and families living in Iran as large swathes of the internet have been disabled or jammed to quell protests.
The protesters spoke about how they think Western countries could do more to support Iran during the political turmoil.
A woman, who asked to be named Rashel, said: “My family, friends and everyone in Iran has always been oppressed by the Islamic regime. I live here but I’m still directly affected by it, it’s really important for me to be able to protest.
Rashel, 19, added: “I’m here with my mum and sister. My sister was born here but she is still very passionate about everything and my parents grew up there.
“We want to show our support for the people of Iran and show them that we support them every step of the way.”
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