Watch: Turkish singer Melek Mosso cuts hair onstage to support Iran protests

Turkish singer Melek Mosso has chopped off her hair onstage as a gesture of support to thousands of Iranian women protesting over the death of Mahsa Amini.

Mosso tweeted a video clip which showed her standing on stage and snipping off her hair with a pair of scissors while the crowd around her erupted in cheers.

The move won her the applause of many who have been backing the anti-hijab protests which broke out in Iran after a 22-year-old-woman named Mahsa Amini died in custody after being arrested by the morality police there arrested her for not wearing her headscarf properly.

Her comments section was filled with emojis expressing love and respect.

“Please be the voice of men and women of Iran. Woman, freedom, life, freedom,” appealed a user.

“Be the voice of Iran,” said another.

Demonstrations have swarmed major cities, with dozens killed, since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died on September 16 in the custody of Iran’s notorious morality police.

Mahsa Amini was arrested as she was leaving a Tehran metro station with her brother and other relatives. She was arrested for allegedly breaching Iran’s strict rules for women on wearing hijab headscarves and modest clothing.

Many Iranian women at the protests following her death publicly chopped off their hair as an act of defiance against the law.

Iran has blamed outside forces for the unrest, including “counter-revolutionary” Kurdish groups based in northern Iraq – across from Iran’s Kurdistan province Amini hailed from, and where the protests first flared.

Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, women must wear the hijab by law in Iran. The policy is largely unpopular, with Iranian women commonly wearing the headscarf loosely around their ears or letting it drop to the neck. When the rule was implemented in 1981, it triggered mass demonstrations, which have continued sporadically ever since.

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