Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe cuts her hair in protest over Mahsa Amini’s death | Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has filmed herself cutting her hair in solidarity with protesters in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini.

The past 11 days have seen significant unrest in the Middle Eastern country following the death in custody of Amini, who had been arrested on September 13 for refusing to wear a hijab.

Aligned with protesters in Iran, Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian national who spent six years in prison in Iran, is seen cutting her hair with scissors in footage given to BBC Persian.

At the end of the video, she said: “For my mother, for my daughter, for the fear of isolation, for the women of my country, for freedom.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in 2016 in Tehran while working as a project manager for the charity. She was accused of espionage by the country’s authorities, which she denied.

After a protracted campaign led by her husband, Richard, and negotiations between the British and Iranian governments, Zaghari-Ratcliffe returned home to Britain in March.

Amini was arrested by Iran’s morality police in Tehran. The 22-year-old collapsed after being taken to a detention center and later died in hospital. Police said her death was caused by sudden heart failure, but Amini’s family has alleged she was beaten by officers.

On Monday, at least 450 people had been arrested in Mazandaran, a northern province of Iran, since the protests began, according to the province’s chief prosecutor Mohammad Karimi.

The demonstrations have been met with internet shutdowns and violent repression.

The official death toll in the unrest was 41 on Monday, while rights groups said the true number is at least 76.

Amnesty International said at least four children had been killed by state forces since the beginning of the protests.

Iran Human Rights, an organization based in Norway, has accused the authorities of using disproportionate force and live ammunition to suppress dissent.

Its director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, said: “The risk of torture and ill-treatment of protesters is serious and the use of live ammunition against protesters is an international crime.

“The world must defend the demands of the Iranian people for their fundamental rights.”

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