Activists protest in Manhattan for women in Iran, against the NYT


Women protest the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died in police custody in Iran, outside the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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new York: Dozens of young Iranians and Americans gathered outside the New York Times building in Manhattan on Tuesday to demonstrate for the rights of women in Iran and to denounce the newspaper’s “bias”.
Activist Forouzan Farahani knelt on the sidewalk in front of the building and shaved her head in protest after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in custody of the notorious vice squad in mid-September.

Women in Iran have been leading demonstrations since September 16, defying a crackdown that a human rights group says has killed more than 75 people and has been internationally condemned.

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“We are here today to protest the killing of Mahsa in Iran and the uprisings that are taking place across Iran in various cities,” said Farahani, 31.

The Iranian tells AFP The protesters also protested “bias and selective narratives” in the New York Times’ coverage of Iran in recent years.

“We also think that they don’t take a neutral position and that’s why we think it’s good to come here and protest,” Farahani said.

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The protesters chose Farnaz Fassihi, a New York-based Times reporter who covers the Iranian crisis.

“We stand by our coverage of the unrest in Iran, which is directed by Farnaz Fassihi, a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for 25 years,” a spokesman for the newspaper told AFP.

“As demonstrated today, Farnaz is regularly and unfairly harassed and threatened for her independent, informed reporting that holds Iran’s authoritarian leadership to account. We will continue to do so as our journalists cover the ongoing nationwide anti-government protests.”

In Iran, riot police in bulletproof vests have beaten protesters with clubs during ongoing street battles.

According to recently released video footage, students tore down large pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his late predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini AFP.

“People in Iran on the streets, they’re not just protesting the compulsory hijab,” Farahani said in New York. “They are also protesting against the Islamic Republic imposing this compulsory hijab.”

“They are protesting against the government killing their loved ones.”


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