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What's fuelling Iran's 'unprecedented' protests

Thousands across Iran are taking to the streets after the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody, condemning the country's compulsory hijab law and the morality police.

Mahsa Amini, 22, died under suspicious circumstances on Sept. 16 in police custody

Iranian demonstrators taking to the streets of Tehran during a protest for Mahsa Amini on Sept. 21, days after she died in police custody. (AFP via Getty Images)

Over the past few weeks, protests in Iran against the compulsory hijab law and the morality police have spread across the country and worldwide, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. 

But it's not the first time protests against the Islamic Republic's repression of women's rights have erupted. We look at what's different this time and how the current uprising is uniting Iranians from all walks of life.


  • Negar Mortazavi, Iranian-American journalist and political analyst, host of the Iran Podcast.

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