Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe cuts hair in support of Iran protests

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has filmed herself cutting her hair in solidarity with protesters in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini.

The past 12 days have seen significant unrest in the Middle Eastern country after the death in custody of Amini, who died in custody following her arrest on September 13 in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police who are tasked with enforcing the Islamic Republic’s rigorous dress code.

In following the trend sparked by protesters in Iran, Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian national who spent six years in jail in Iran, is seen cutting her hair with scissors in footage given to BBC Persian.

At the end of the video, she said: “For my mother, for my daughter, for the fear of solitary confinement, for the women of my country, for freedom.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in 2016 in Tehran while working as a charity project manager. She was accused of spying by the country’s authorities which she denied.

After a long-running campaign led by her husband, Richard, and negotiation between the British and Iranian governments, Zaghari-Ratcliffe returned home to the UK in March.

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