With the death of a young Iranian woman in police custody sparking demonstrations around the world, hundreds of people also took to the streets of Ottawa Sunday to protest against the Iranian government.
The 22-year-old woman died last week while in custody of Iran’s morality police. Mahsa Amini was arrested for allegedly wearing a hijab improperly, and while police said she died of a heart attack and was not mistreated, her family has cast doubt on that account.
“This could have happened to [any] one of us,” said Taraneh, a protester who lived in Iran for about 30 years. CBC is withholding her last name due to her safety concerns.
Taraneh said she and her sister were once arrested by the morality police while in Iran and held for five or six hours. She said she’s frustrated that Iranian women are forced to comply with the strict hijab requirements.