A nonviolent, symbolic protest against the harsh response by Iran’s security forces to a wave of protests over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini has been organized by Milan’s design top institution.
Triennale Milano has launched an initiative of peaceful protest against the murders and violence taking place in Iran. Women started to leave a lock of hair, tied with a string, in a special container in the lobby of the Palazzo dell’Arte. The collected locks will then be delivered to the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in protest, according to Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano.
“Picking up on a request from some members of the Iranian community in Milan, Triennale Milano is today launching an initiative of peaceful protest against the murders and unacceptable violence that is affecting the young women and men in Iran who are demanding the restoration of a minimum degree of freedom and civilization,” Mr. Boeri commented in a note to the press.
“An act that is inspired by that bravely performed by Iranian women in the squares of major cities. The collected locks will be delivered to the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a peaceful gesture of protest against murderous police violence and solidarity with those who risk their lives these days to defend the inalienable right to individual freedom,” he added.
The initiative was also immediately replicated in Rome, where the president of MAXXI, Giovanna Melandri, said: “We join the Milan Triennale in this peaceful protest against the murders and unacceptable violence affecting young women and men in Iran. We cannot remain indifferent.”