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Riots in Iran
By Micah Halpern

Friday September 23, 2022
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Iranian riot police deployed in Tehran's main squares.† Their mission was to confront people chanting "death to the dictator" as part of nationwide protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian woman who died while in police custody.†

Across Iran pressure has been increasing on authorities.† There has been a groundswell of pressure and not just in Iran. Internationally, more and more attention is being given to Aminiís death while in custody.

Amini, 22 years old, from the northwestern Kurdish city of Saqez, was arrested on Sept. 13th in Tehran for "unsuitable attire".† The arrest was made by Iranís morality police who enforce the Islamic Republic's strict dress code.

The young woman died three days later, in a hospital, after falling into a coma.† Her death sparked the first wave of protests and brought about a show of opposition against the government.

These were the first set of street protests in Iran since police brutally crushed protests against a rise in gas prices in 2019.

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20 October 2022 10:45 AM in Thoughts


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