Protests sweep Iran

Protests sweep Iran
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Islam News – Antigovernment protests erupted in cities across Iran on Monday after a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, died in the custody of the country’s morality police.

The demonstrations, led mostly by women, broke out in more than a dozen cities and on university campuses. Security forces fired on the crowds in Kurdistan, Amini’s home province, killing four people, rights groups said.

Crowds called for an end to the Islamic Republic and chanted for the death of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been ill in recent weeks. Several women removed their hijabs, burning them and waving them in defiance. In Tehran, people chanted “we will fight and take our country back.”

The protests reflected the frustration of many Iranians struggling under oppressive rule and economic hardship.

Amini died on Friday. She had been arrested three days earlier after being accused of violating Iran’s hijab law, which requires women to cover their hair and wear loosefitting robes.

“We are witnessing a nationwide reaction,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, an advocacy group, who drew comparisons to the reaction to the murder of George Floyd in the U.S.

Source: The New York Times

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