September 30, 2022
Middle East

Iran protests: Fury at morality police sparks women’s rights movement


/ Shows / The Debate Issued on: 22/09/2022 – 20:34


People protesting over the death of Mahsa Amini light a fire in the street in Tehran, Iran on September 21, 2022. © Wana News Agency via Reuters There’s been no let-up in Iran’s biggest protests since 2019, which have seen unprecedented footage of public burnings of the hijab. Despite disruptions to the internet, popular unrest has flared for a sixth day across the country over the death in custody of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year old Kurdish woman had been detained by the morality police for improperly wearing her hijab. We ask our panel: how far will this women’s rights movement go? 

It’s the story of a 22-year old who goes to the big city to see her relatives and winds up dead. Iran has seen a groundswell of protest since the death in detention of Mahsa Amini; outrage that spread from small towns in her native northwest to major metropolises across the country. 

Particularly striking is the defiance of authorities and the accusation that the state is killing its citizens instead of protecting them. Amini was picked up by the morality police for improperly wearing the headscarf that’s mandatory for all women in Iran. 

The country’s regime has seen off many a social movement, the last one being over the cost of living in 2019. Will restricting the internet and reportedly posting snipers on roofs again do the trick? What sets this burgeoning movement apart? 

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Maya-Anaïs Yataghène and Imen Mellaz.

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