‘Courage and bravery’: Meghan Markle backs Iran protesters

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Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has praised the “courage and bravery” of protesters in Iran, who have been taking to the streets for more than a month following the death of an Iranian woman in police custody.

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Iran has witnessed anti-government protests for a over month following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. Amini , a Kurdish-Iranian woman, fell into a coma shortly after being arrested by Iran’s morality police in September for “improper hijab.”

She died on September 16, prompting protests on social media and on the streets of Iran, and around the world.

US-based entrepreneur Mandana Dayani posted on her Instagram account on Wednesday that actress and wife of the UK’s Prince Harry spoke at an event during widespread protest across Iran.

“Meghan spoke about the revolution being led by women and young girls in Iran, the courage and bravery they show every day, and their leadership and advocacy of basic human rights: women, life, freedom,” the Instagram post said.

“As an Iranian woman who fled her home country in pursuit of these very freedoms, I could not have been more grateful for how she chooses, again and again, to advocate for women around the world,” it continued.

A number of other celebrities have spoken out in support of women in Iran. French actresses Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert and Marion Cotillard, cut their hair in solidarity with women in Iran.

Since Amini’s death, street violence in Iran has led to dozens of deaths, mostly among protesters but also among the security forces, and hundreds have of demonstrators been arrested.

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