Hundreds of people in Massachusetts risked their lives to stand with Iranian protesters in an anti-government demonstration Saturday morning.

“We want to make sure people know we’re taking a lot of risk,” said Mohammed, one of the organizers. “We’re not the only ones here. They can harass our families in Iran. The only way to protect people is if word gets out.”

Anti-government protests have continued across Iran in response to last week’s killing of Mehsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman. Amini was arrested by the country’s morality police while on vacation in Tehran after allegedly wearing her headscarf too loosely, and was pronounced dead in police custody days later. A witness allegedly saw him being beaten with a stick.

Iran’s state TV put the death toll from the protests at 35 as of Friday afternoon.

Some Boston protesters asked that their full names not be used to prevent identification of relatives in Iran.

According to organizer Parmeida, a group of young Iranians living in Massachusetts found a Telegram group and put together the rally in just three days. By Saturday, Permeda said, about 500 people had come out.

“We’re not just fighting to get rid of the moral police,” Parmeida said. “We want a new government.”

With “brutal, violent repression” taking place and the government cutting off access to the Internet, the community wanted to make sure Iranian protesters could be heard by people around the world, Parmeida said. Keeping and message for which the protestors are risking their lives.

Some protesters on Saturday also joined the international show of support, cutting their hair in solidarity with Amini and the women of Iran. One woman, who went from GB, said that the process had a certain “symptom, like a loss of vitality.”

One of the attendees, Elahi, noted that under the country’s theocratic rule, being queer is still punishable by death.

GB said international human rights groups should do more, adding that organizations targeted Ukraine compared to the treatment of human rights abuses in Iran.

Parmeida also said that the US government’s action, in making deals with the Iranian government, was seen as a condemnation of abuses and that it was also trying to hold US leaders “accountable”.

The #Mahsa_Amini hashtag has broken records, garnering more than 40 million retweets as of Friday.

Permeda said he just wants to increase recognition, get his name and story “to as many people as possible.”