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Learn what it's like to grow up under the thumb of Iranian morality police at this Coquitlam event

The Coquitlam branch of Amnesty International will be showing a movie by an Iranian film maker at Douglas College.
Hundreds of members from Coquitlam's Persian community gathered and rallied for human rights justice on Oct. 26 to protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

Local residents concerned about events in Iran can show their support for those living under the autocratic regime at an event organized by Tri-Cities Amnesty International.

The group is hosting a gathering at Douglas College, Coquitlam campus (Lecture Theatre A1470), next Thursday (Dec. 1), featuring speakers and an award-winning animated movie, Persepolis.

This is a chance to learn more about conditions in Iran, organizers say.

It follows multiple protests in Vancouver — and a rally in Coquitlam — in recognition of Mahsa Amini (Persian: مهسا امینی), who was 22 years old when she died in police custody in Iran, allegedly for wearing her hijab too loose.

The September incident, as well as several other recent deaths involving young Iranians has sparked thousands of protests and demonstrations around the world in calling for human rights justice, including each Saturday in Vancouver.

Nahid Ghani, an academic researcher and teacher at Vancouver Community College and the New York Institute of Technology, is set to speak at Amnesty's gathering on growing up in Iran subject to the morality police.

The 2007 movie, Persepolis, follows a young girl as she comes of age during the Iranian Revolution.

The by-donation event also includes a silent auction and the opportunity to sign letters of support and petitions on behalf of people around the world imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their rights.

For information, you're encouraged to call Amnesty spokesperson Hazel Postma at 778-798-7706.

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