Iranian community in Toronto organizes demonstrations after the death of a woman in police custody in Tehran

Members of the Iranian-Canadian community staged demonstrations in downtown Toronto on Monday, September 19, following the death of a young woman in custody in the Iranian capital, Tehran, while in police custody last week. Iranian media reported that the Iranian morality police detained the woman, Mahsa Amini, 22, on September 13 because of the way she wore the hijab and the dress she was wearing. The BBC reported that Amini died on 16 September after falling into a coma. At a press briefing on Monday, Greater Tehran Police Chief Hossein Rahimi offered his condolences to Amini’s family and said “the accident is unfortunate,” according to Fars news agency. He added that the morality police were “doing positive work.” Footage taken by @sharlot_boronze shows protesters chanting and waving signs in Simcoe Park near the Canadian Broadcasting Center. Canadian media reported that protests also took place in Winnipeg on Sunday. Credit: sharlot_boronze via Storyful

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