Protests Mount Over Mahsa Amini Headscarf Death, Iran Cracks Down

Iranian authorities say they will restrict internet access until calm is restored to the streets, as protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police rock the Islamic Republic.
Iranian pro-government demonstrators attend a rally after their Friday prayers to condemn recent anti-government protests over the death of a young woman in police custody, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. The crisis unfolding in Iran began as a public outpouring over the the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman from a northwestern Kurdish town who was arrested by the country's morality police in Tehran last week for allegedly violating its strictly-enforced dress code. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

At a glance

  • Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since the death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was apprehended in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center,” apparently for not wearing her hijab properly.
  • Since Friday, demonstrations have taken place in at least 40 cities nationwide, including the capital Tehran, with protesters demanding an end to violence and discrimination against women as well as an end to compulsory wearing of the hijab.
  • Dozens of protesters have reportedly been killed in the resulting clashes with security forces.
  • Amnesty International said Friday that at least 30 people, including four children, had died.

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