Iranian community in Toronto stage protests after woman dies in Tehran police custody

Members of Canada’s Iranian community staged protests in downtown Toronto on Monday, September 19, following the death of a young woman detained in Iran’s capital Tehran while in police custody last week. The woman, Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested by Iranian morality police on September 13 for the way she was wearing her hijab and the dress she was wearing, Iranian media reported. Amini died on September 16 after falling into a coma, the BBC reported. During a press briefing on Monday, Greater Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi offered his condolences to Amini’s family and said “the incident was unfortunate”, according to Fars. He added that the morality police were “doing positive work”. Footage from @sharlot_boronze shows protesters chanting and waving signs in Simcoe Park near the Canadian Broadcasting Centre. Canadian media reported that protests also took place in Winnipeg on Sunday. Credit: @sharlot_boronze via Storyful