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What’s going on in Iran and why are people protesting?

In recent days, protests and demonstrations have erupted in cities worldwide following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. The Foreign Desk breaks down what has happened so far.

22-year-old Mahsa Amini was arrested by the regime “morality police forces” for not complying with strict rules regarding hijabs.

She was beaten brutally into a coma for several days. Amini’s state continued to deteriorate in the hospital, including signs of bleeding from her right ear, bruises, and multiple strokes.

Mahsa Amini died from serious brain injuries on September 16th.

The news of her death prompted outrage and anger from all over Iran and the world.

On social media, the hashtag #MahsaAmini was trending on social media websites, with Iranians recording their marches and chants against the Islamic regime.

In response to the growing protests, the Islamic government deployed its security forces throughout Iran, shooting tear gas at peaceful demonstrators, beating up men and women on the streets, and arresting individuals.

Access to Instagram and Whats App has been limited and the internet has been turned off in some parts of the country.

Iranians in cities worldwide are protesting and demonstrating with chants calling for the end of the Islamic Republic including “death to the dictator” and “no more Islamic Republic”

READ: Solidarity Protests in California and New York Show Support for Iranians, Murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini

@TheForeignDesk & @LisaDaftari for continuing coverage of the #IranProtests following the death of #MahsaAmini

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