NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – As women continue to demonstrate in Iran for more rights, people here in Nashville continue to show their solidarity.
A Freedom for Iran rally organized by Women Life Freedom Nashville will be held at the Federal Building later today. The group has already been meeting for weeks.
Protests in Iran erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini in September and activists have staged their own protests to show Iranian women they are not alone in their fight.
Amini died aged 22 in police custody after being arrested by Iranian morality police for doing her hair outside of her hijab.
NewsChannel 5 spoke to activist Maryam Abolfazli, whose parents fled Iran just before she was born.
Abolfazli says she still has extended family there that she worries about as the government escalates violence against protesters.
Abolfazli says women are protesting there knowing they are risking their lives. She thinks the least she can do is protest with Women Life Freedom Nashville, hoping that when people see them, they’ll try to find out what’s going on and speak up too because it has an impact.
“Americans matter. Sharing things, telling your friends about them. Sharing them on social media. It’s embarrassing, it’s humiliating for the government,” Abolfazli said. “Sharing this information, being that voice, helps counter the brutality in this country.”
The White House is paying attention. Since Amini’s death, the United States has imposed sanctions on the Iranian vice squad. The United States is also working to remove Iran from the United Nations over its treatment of women.
Today’s Iran Freedom Rally will start at 1 p.m. in front of the Federal Building.