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  • Writer's pictureDemi Lynch

Iranian Women Are Chopping Off Their Hair And Burning Their Hijabs



22 year old Mahsa Amini was violently arrested by Iran’s "morality police" while visiting her family in the city of Tehran.


She reportedly was not complying with Iran's strict hijab regulations.


Witnesses claim Amini was later beaten in a police van which led to her being hospitalised.


After several days in a coma, Amini was taken off life support.


Police claim the she had pre-existing health conditions and died of a heart attack.


In Iran women of all nationalities and religions are required to conceal their hair and neck with a headscarf from the age of seven. Source: The Guardian

In protest of the Iranian government and the strict hijab laws, Iranian women have begun sharing videos of themselves cutting their off their hair and setting fire to their hijabs.


Protests have also erupted in cities across Iran with many taking to the streets calling for the government to investigate Amini's death and prosecute the officers involved in her arrest.


Police have begun to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters from gathering in the streets.


According to Netblocks, a watchdog organization that monitors cybersecurity and internet governance, the internet connection has been disrupted in Iran due to the government backlash.


Many users claim they now can’t upload videos on Instagram or send content over WhatsApp.


 

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