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In Iran, a Woman's Death Unleashes a Wave of Anti-Government Protests

MIN READSep 23, 2022 | 21:35 GMT

A picture obtained by AFP shows a demonstrator raising their arms during a protest for Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who died after being arrested for incorrectly wearing her headscarf, in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 19, 2022.

A picture obtained by AFP shows a demonstrator raising their arms during a protest for Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who died after being arrested for incorrectly wearing her headscarf, in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 19, 2022.

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In Iran, the quick eruption of nationwide protests over the death of a young woman in police custody points to many Iranians' deepening anger with their country's social, economic and political restrictions, which will continue to destabilize the government and influence Tehran's foreign policy. Demonstrations in Iran continue to rage on over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who was arrested and allegedly beaten into a coma by morality police for wearing her headscarf incorrectly. According to authorities on Sept. 21, a total of 17 people -- including protesters and police officers -- have so far been killed in clashes on the streets since the demonstrations began following Amini's funeral on Sept. 17. The protests have been the largest in Iran's northwestern Kurdistan region (where Amini was from) and in the capital of Tehran (where she was arrested and killed). But rallies have also begun cropping up...

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