Lewis Hamilton speaks out on Iran violence

Sir Lewis Hamilton has often transcended his position as a Formula 1 driver.

Mercedes driver, Sir Lewis Hamilton, has shown his support to the oppressed women of Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini.

Amini was a young woman who is said to have done her best to stay away from politics, and she was arrested by Iranian police for wearing tight trousers.

Islamic culture prohibits women in practising countries from deciding what they wear, and failing to adhere to that dress code is punishable by law.

Amini was visiting her uncle in Tehran, just under 600 kilometres east of her hometown of Saqqez, but as she stepped off the train, she was seized by the morality police.

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She and her brother begged the police not to harm her, but she was taken to the Vozara morality police station.

Two hours later, Amini was in an ambulance on her way to hospital having sustained horrific injuries while in police custody.

The 22-year-old fell into a coma, and she passed away three days later.

Police have denied beating the young woman, who had aspirations of getting married and starting a family, and instead put her death down to pre-existing illnesses.

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Amini’s family has since confirmed that she did not have any underlying health conditions, and her death has caused the largest mass protest in Iran since 2019.

The 11 nights of protest, per the latest figures from the BBC, have led to 76 deaths of people taking to the streets to oppose Iran’s regime.

There have also been attacks on Iraq’s Kurdish region, perpetrated by Iran.

Hamilton has long used his platform in Formula 1 to serve as an activist for human rights, equality and social justice, and he took to social media to show his support for the brave women of Iran.

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“My heart is with all the women protesting for their rights in Iran. So inspired by their bravery,” he said on his Instagram story with the hashtag, #MahsaAmini.

He shared a post by Misan Harriman, which features an image shot by John Behets, of a woman holding some of her hair that she had cut off in protest.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British woman who was detained in Iran for six years, was also filmed cutting her hair in solidarity with Amini.