Swedish Euro MP chops hair to support Iran's anti-hijab protests
A Swedish European lawmaker expressed her support for the anti-hijab protest in Iran by chopping her in parliament and calling for European Union (EU) to take action against Tehran, media reports said.
"We, the people and citizens in the EU, demand the unconditional and immediate halt of all violence against women and men in Iran," said Abir al-Sahlani of the centrist Renew group late Tuesday, reported AFP.
"Until Iran is free our fury will be bigger than the oppressors. Until you, the women of Iran are free, we are going to stand with you," said the deputy before taking out a pair of scissors and hacking her hair, it added.
"Women, Life, Freedom!" she shouted as she held up a lump of hair --- showed a video posted on the website of the parliament.
Traditionen att klippa av sig håret i protest är tusenårig.— AbirAlsahlani (@AbirAlsahlani) October 4, 2022
Den visar att ilskan är starkare än förtryckarens makt.
Irans kvinnor har fått nog.
EU borde visa samma mod och ge dem fullt stöd. pic.twitter.com/0FdMB9XoXu
Massive protests erupted in Iran last month after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after being arrested by Iran's "morality police" for not wearing the headscarf according to the country's dress code.
A crackdown on protesters by the government has reportedly led to dozens of deaths and arrests.
The parliamentary protest comes on the same day as French film stars -- Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche and Marion Cotillard -- appeared on Instagram cutting their hair in a show of support for Iranian women, who have been doing it to condemn and oppose the strict rules imposed on women in the country as to how they should dress.
Abir al-Sahlani also accused EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell of failing to "take a stand for the women in Iran" at the recent UN General Assembly, the AFP report stated.
"It's time to speak out. It's time to act. The hands of the regime of the mullahs in Iran are stained with blood," she said.
Borrell said the EU is preparing "restrictive measures" to sanction Iran over its crackdown on the anti-hijab protestors.