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A column by Abby Zimet
A column by Abby Zimet

Bella Ciao: Iran's Women Rise Up - and Hack Off Their Hair - for "Woman, Life, Freedom"

In resistance both poignant and enraged, thousands of Iranians - largely women but many men - have thronged the streets to protest the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, after she was arrested by brutal "morality police" for improperly wearing the hijab. Declaring "Mahsa was our sister," defiant women have waved head scarves, confronted clerics, and cut their hair in an ancient symbol of "fury stronger than the power of the oppressor." Now two sisters - no hijab - have issued a searing Farsi version of the anti-fascist anthem "Bella Ciao": "In the end, the chain... breaks with our hands."

Abby Zimet · Sep 28, 2022

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