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Woman once detained in Iran for playing music, not wearing hijab properly, protests in Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Protests continue after the death of two Iranian women. People all over the world are now calling for a change in the way women are treated in the country.

The protests are gaining strength even in Jacksonville.

“We have been oppressed and repressed for many, many years and I think this is the time when the world needs to hear us and be our voice,” Sonia Javani said at a small protest on Sunday near City Hall.

Javani left Iran for the United States 20 years ago. She understands the anger of the way women are treated.

“The very first time I was detained I was seven years old with all my family,” she said.

At her seventh birthday party, she was arrested for playing music at their family reunion. It was the first of his many encounters with the so-called “morality police”.

“I was detained again around the age of 17 for not wearing my hijab properly and hanging out with friends outside in the area where I was not supposed to hang out,” said Javani. “I was supposed to get whipped for it.”

The protest lasted more than three hours in downtown Jacksonville on Sunday. But the protests are not just taking place in the United States, but around the world.

The protests were sparked by the death of Masha Amini last month, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody after being arrested by vice squad. They accused her of breaking the country’s strict hijab law. Authorities say she died of a heart attack. Family and other witnesses say the police beat her to death.

A few days later, 16-year-old Nika Shahkarami disappeared after protesting Amini’s death by burning her headscarf. She was found dead 10 days later after her family said authorities stole her body. The family members accuse the police of having murdered her by throwing her from the top of a building, but were forced to say that Nika committed suicide.

People who fight for justice and for the change of a regime of more than 40 years.

“Iranian people and women just say enough is enough,” Javani said.

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