Following death of Mahsa Amini, protests against Iran erupt worldwide

Protests were held in multiple cities around the world since Sunday including in Athens, Los Angeles and Ottawa.

 Women hold a picture of Mahsa Amini during a sit-in following her death, at Martyrs' Square in Beirut, Lebanon September 21, 2022 (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMED AZAKIR)
Women hold a picture of Mahsa Amini during a sit-in following her death, at Martyrs' Square in Beirut, Lebanon September 21, 2022
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMED AZAKIR)

The death of Mahsa Amini has made headlines worldwide, prompting many people from countries worldwide to organize and protest against the Iranian government, bringing attention to the death of Amini while in the custody of Iran’s morality police.

Protests were held across multiple cities since Sunday, including in Athens, Greece; Los Angeles, California; and Ottawa, Canada.

Protests erupt in Athens

In Athens, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Iranian embassy, Greek media reported on Sunday. 

Two masked men arrived at the embassy on a motorcycle, then threw a Molotov cocktail at the building, which exploded. No damage had been done, according to Greek police.

The afternoon before the incident at the embassy, approximately 200 people gathered at Syntagma Square in central Athens to express their disapproval of the Iranian government's recent actions and pushback against protests in their country following Amini's death.

A newspaper with a cover picture of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by Iranian morality police is seen in Tehran, Iran, September 18, 2022. (credit: MAJID ASGARIPOUR/WANA/REUTERS)A newspaper with a cover picture of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by Iranian morality police is seen in Tehran, Iran, September 18, 2022. (credit: MAJID ASGARIPOUR/WANA/REUTERS)

California

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, where they waved Iranian flags and brought signs criticizing the Iranian government, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times

Protesters chanted, in both English and Farsi, “Freedom for Iran!” and “Say her name!”, the report said. 

Protests also occured in northern California the same day, where crowds were seen marching across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Ottawa

Sunday also saw protesters burn headscarves in downtown Ottawa in the Ontario province in Canada, CBC reported.

Police estimate that at least 1,000 people participated in the protest.

Perth

A Sunday rally in Perth, Australia saw women cutting their hair to show solidarity with Iranian women who are forced to wear a hijab by their government while condemning the death of Amini, ABC reported.

Hundreds of Iranians in the city gathered to protest the human rights abuses, the report said.

Kurdish-controlled northern Syria

Hundreds of women protested in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria on Monday over the death of Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman, with some cutting their hair and burning headscarves in an echo of demonstrations in Iran.

Protesters held aloft pictures of Amini as they marched through a street in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli.

Reuters contributed to this report.