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‘Woman, life, freedom’: L.A. protest over Iran draws thousands

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Thousands of Iranian Americans marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in solidarity with the protests that have rocked Iran since the death of a young woman in police custody three weeks ago.

At Pershing Square on Saturday morning, protest leaders with megaphones led chants of “zan, zendegi, azadi,” or “woman, life, freedom,” the rallying cry of the demonstrations that began in Iran and have spread to cities across the world.

The protests that followed the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in detention after being arrested by the country’s morality police for not wearing her hijab correctly, have become Iran’s biggest anti-government demonstrations in years.

“If they can be in the streets in Iran, we can be in the streets here — it’s the least we can do,” said Leila Amadi, 22, of West Los Angeles, who carried a sign that read, “Be her voice.” In a nod to the tricolor Iranian flag, Amadi wore a white top, green shorts and bright red lipstick.

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