Warwick woman to hold peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Iran

An Iranian American woman living in Warwick is planning a peaceful demonstration this weekend as another week of protests continue in her home country.

Blaise Gomez

Oct 14, 2022, 5:50 PM

Updated 587 days ago

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An Iranian American woman living in Warwick is planning a peaceful demonstration this weekend as another week of protests continue in her home country. 
Sara Rutkebitz's family escaped Iran during the Iran-Iraq war when she was a child.
She says she now feels it’s her duty to be the voice of people in Iran fighting for basic human rights. 
Iranian women have been burning their hijabs and cutting their hair short in protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, who was allegedly killed by the country’s morality police for not wearing a proper headdress. 
The government has banned social media and cut off internet during the widespread backlash. 
Rutkebitz says she hopes her efforts will help raise awareness to what’s going on. 
"When I saw the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran I thought to myself that could’ve been me. That could be my daughter. My heart is set on fire as these women are fighting for basic human rights and don’t have any internet so their cries are mostly unheard.” 
Rutkebitz’s peaceful demonstration is planned for Sunday at the Railroad Green in Warwick, starting at noon. 


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