Chants of “Freedom for Iran” and “Women. Life. Freedom” echoed across the glass skyscrapers around downtown Charlotte on Saturday as local Iranian-Americans and their supporters marched and rallied against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The protest was the seventh in a series of weekly protests organized by local college professor Shahram Mazhari of York Technical College, with help from other local Iranian Americans.

Mazhari said he began organizing the Charlotte protests several weeks ago in solidarity with global protests sparked by the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini.

Amini was arrested in September by Iranian vice police, who said she was not wearing the mandatory Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab.

She died three days later of what police said was a heart attack, although her family said she had no history of heart problems, and Amini appears to have suffered multiple blows to the head before she died, according to London broadcaster Iran International. .

“When I heard this news, I thought, well, we need to be the voice of people like Mahsa Amini in America,” Mazhari said. “We want to make sure the Iranian people are not alone in this. Human rights are not just a local issue. Human rights are a global issue.”

Saturday’s protest in Charlotte began at Romare Bearden Park. Protesters held up signs bearing Amini’s name, as well as pictures of people arrested or killed by Iranian police during recent protests inside the country.

The crowd moved up Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Tryon Street before looping at the intersection of Trade of Tryon Streets back to the park.

Mazhari said he plans to hold another march and protest next Saturday, November 12 at 2 p.m., again at Romare Bearden Park. He said the group hoped to continue holding weekly marches and protests for as long as possible.

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