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Students, residents gather on Tempe campus to rally for women's rights in Iran

The event followed the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody after her arrest by Iran's morality police

Protestors are pictured on the Tempe campus. 
Protesters chant Mahsa Amini's name along University Drive at Justice for Iranian Women protest on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Tempe.

ASU students and local residents gathered on the Tempe campus Friday night to rally for women's rights in Iran. The event followed the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after her arrest by the Iranian government’s morality police for allegedly not complying with strict laws regarding women’s head scarves in Iran.

The group, a diverse crowd of about 50 protesters, marched along University Drive and up the pedestrian bridge with Iranian flags and signs. The attendees shared their anger over the situation, chanting “say her name,” among other chants. For some students, it was an emotional cause.

Some were either dual citizens in Iran, Iranian immigrants, or students with family still in the country. Those students, who requested anonymity to protect their families, said they wanted to see more awareness and care from the ASU community and from Americans in general. They also said a regime change in Iran is the biggest way things can improve. 

Another event on ASU's Tempe campus hosted by ASU Young Democrats on Saturday also advocated for women's rights in Iran.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story included quotes and perspective from a student who requested they be removed because they feared for their safety after publication. The story was updated on Sept. 26 at 3:10 p.m. to reflect the change. 

Edited by Reagan Priest, Wyatt Myskow, Sophia Balasubramanian, Greta Forslund and Piper Hansen.


Reach the reporter at sbrenna5@asu.edu and @shanebrennan36 on Twitter.

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Shane Brennan is a politics reporter at State Press. He also works for Cronkite News and Blaze Radio.


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