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Hundreds of protesters gathered Sunday at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in remembrance of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, whose death while in the custody of Iran’s morality police has sparked a global outcry over the state of women’s rights in that nation.
The crowd at the intersection of Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards braved 95-degree heat, waving Iranian flags and homemade signs denouncing the Iranian government. In both English and Farsi, they chanted “Freedom for Iran” and “Say her name.”
The crowd included Iranian American Helen Zad, who fought back tears as she recalled memories of “persecution and cruelty” by the Iranian government.
The 41-year-old healthcare entrepreneur and podcaster said Amini’s story resonated with her. She had her own encounter with the morality police in 2018, when she was visiting family in Tehran. Zad was wearing a yellow head scarf when officers detained her, she said.
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