According to AFP, US Vice President Joe Biden expressed shock at the continuing anti-hijab demonstrations in Iran and stated he supports “brave women” there. The death of a 22-year-old woman who was imprisoned by the moral police in September served as the catalyst for the widespread protests.
“I want you to know that we stand with the people, the courageous women of Iran,” Joe Biden told a gathering of demonstrators brandishing “Free Iran” placards at a university in Irvine, California.
“What he found in Iran when he woke up astonished me. It triggered something that, in my opinion, won’t calm down for a very long time.”
Mahsa Amini, 22, passed away in September while being held by Iran’s morality police. She was arrested because she broke the strict rules about what women can and cannot wear in the Islamic Republic. After being arrested in Tehran, she went into a coma and passed away just three days later.
A human rights organization for Iran with a presence in Oslo claims that more than 100 people have died as a result of the demonstrations. Women chopped their hair and burnt their headscarves during the protests.
Despite what Amnesty International described as a “brutal and merciless repression” that included an “all-out onslaught on kid demonstrators” that resulted in at least 23 child fatalities, the disturbance has persisted.
Before giving a speech on lowering expenses for American families in the Orange County city of Irvine, where there is a sizable Persian community, Biden briefly discussed the protests. Irvine is close to Los Angeles.
Women are oppressed in many ways all around the globe, but Biden argued that women need to have the freedom to dress whatever they like in the name of God.
Iran should halt violence against its citizens, he said, just because they are exercising their constitutional rights.
According to AFP, he congratulated the Persian community for speaking out. She addressed the Persian community in the area, saying, “I want to thank you all for speaking out.”