An ongoing series of protests and civil unrest against the government of Iran began in Tehran on 16 September 2022 as a reaction to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini (Persian: مهسا امینی), who had been arrested by the Guidance Patrol for wearing an "improper" hijab—in violation of Iran's mandatory hijab law—while visiting Tehran from Saqqez. According to eyewitnesses, Amini had been severely beaten by Guidance Patrol officers—an assertion denied by Iranian authorities.
The protests quickly spread from Amini's hometown of Saqqez to other cities in the province of Kurdistan and to other provinces within Iran. In response to these demonstrations, beginning on 19 September the Iranian government implemented regional shutdowns of Internet access. As protests grew, a widespread Internet blackout was imposed along with nationwide restrictions on social media. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed the widespread unrest as "riots" caused by foreign states and dissidents abroad. Women, including schoolchildren, have played a key role in the demonstrations. Besides increased rights for women, many demonstrators have demanded the overthrow of the Iranian government. The protests have been seen as the greatest challenge to the Iranian government in decades.
-Wikipedia: Mahsa Amini protests: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahsa_Amini_protests
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