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Hijab Debate: 100 Days of Protests in Iran

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International Desk: It has been 100 days since the protests in Iran centered around the death of a young woman named Mahsa Amini in police custody over the hijab issue. Iran’s morality police arrested 21-year-old Masha Amini on September 16 for violating the rules of wearing a hijab. Masha was taken out of police custody in a coma within hours of her arrest. He later died on the same day while undergoing treatment.

This is the longest ongoing anti-government protest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. However, even though the ongoing protests have shaken the rulers, many people have to pay the price.

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported that more than 500 protesters were killed. Among them are 69 children. Two were executed. 26 others were sentenced to death on the same charges. The human rights organization Amnesty International has condemned this trial. However, nationwide protests have gripped Iran before.

The country experienced major protests from 2017 to early 2018 and another in November 2019. However, this year’s protest program is different. This movement is unique and one demand is women’s freedom. Some Iranian celebrities have also been arrested for supporting the protesters. The country’s law enforcement forces recently arrested Oscar-winning actress Taraneh Alidusti for anti-government protests.

Iranian media confirmed his arrest on Saturday (December 17).

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Asghar Farhadi, who directed the Oscar winning film ‘The Salesman’. He said, ‘I have worked with Taraneh in four films and now he is in jail for justly supporting his countrymen and opposing unjust punishment. If such support is a crime, then billions of people in this country are criminals.”

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Iran has strict veiling rules, including mandatory hijab for women in public. The country’s ‘morality’ police are there to enforce these rules. A team of this police arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from Tehran on September 13. Amini visited Tehran with his family. After the arrest, Mahsa Amini fell ill at the police station and was admitted to the hospital. Mahsa Amini died under treatment on September 16. A massive movement started across the country in protest of this incident. Source: BBC.

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