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Thousands of protesters form human chain on Golden Gate bridge in support of Iran



Protesters gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday in solidarity with protests in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the countrys so-called “morality police,” which enforce the countrys strict dress codes for women. A video shared by Twitter user @ShayonKonjkav shows protesters lined up along the iconic bridge, holding hands, holding signs, and chanting. Protests erupted in Iran over the death of Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested by the Guidance Patrol of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran on Sept. 13. Iranian officials have said Amini died Sept. 16 after falling into a coma due to natural causes. There are reports, however, that she was beaten. Protests spread to cities and towns across the country, featuring women burning their hijabs. Security forces cracked down, and there have been reports of at least eight people killed and more injured, along with numerous arrests. In a statement Sept. 20, the United Nations Human Rights Office said the morality police have recently expanded street patrols, subjecting women to harassment and arrest for “loose hijab,” not having their hair completely covered. The agency said it had received numerous verified videos of authorities slapping women across the face, beating them with batons and throwing them into police vans. “Mahsa Aminis tragic death and allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated by an independent competent authority, that ensures, in particular, that her family has access to justice and truth,” said Acting U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif. In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden expressed solidarity with protesters. “Today we stand with the brave citizens and the brave women of Iran who right now are demonstrating to secure their basic rights,” he said.