Police arrested more than 90 people on Thursday after a demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy in Oslo turned violent. Several of the demonstrators tried to break into the embassy, located in the Norwegian capital’s fashionable Frogner district.
Police resorted to using tear gas against the demonstrators, who were protesting the death in Teheran of a young woman who’d been taken into police custody for allegedly failing to cover her hair. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported how some of the demonstrators shouted “Women, life and freedom” in Kurdish, while others waved the Kurdish flag.
The demonstration had been unannounced and Oslo police were unsure who organized it. Things turned violent when several started throwing stones at the embassy building and then tried to enter it.
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody has also sparked massive demonstrations in Iran and around the world. The president of Norway’s Parliament, who came to Norway as a refugee from Iran himself, has also spoken out against the treatment of the young woman and repression in his family’s homeland. He’s received widespread support in Norway for taking a firm stand against the lack of democracy and freedom in Iran, but stated that everyone doing so “must respect democratic rules.” Reverting to violence, he wrote on social media Thursday, is unacceptable.