On September 16, 2022, twenty-two-year-old Mahsa Jina Amini died in police custody after she was arrested by the so-called morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating mandatory hijab. Shortly after, tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest her death and call for the Islamic Republic’s demise. These protests spread across all of Iran’s thirty-one provinces, giving birth to a new movement in the country.
This page aims to take stock of the ongoing protest movement against the clerical establishment and provide insights into the lasting impact of these events on Iran’s sociopolitical fabric.
New Atlanticist Sep 13, 2023
Twenty questions (and expert answers) about Iran one year after Mahsa Amini’s death
By Atlantic Council
A year after the twenty-two-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman died following her arrest by authorities, Iran has changed—and is still changing—in important ways.
IranSource Sep 13, 2023
Letters from women protesters inside Iran: One year after #MahsaAmini’s death
By Khosro Sayeh Isfahani
“The people of Iran want to overthrow this regime. If you believe in freedom, equality, and human rights, remember that this regime stands against these values.”
IranSource Sep 11, 2023
If the West wants to support Iranian women, it must cut diplomatic ties with Tehran
By Shadi Sadr
The success of the Woman, Life, Freedom revolution relies on increasing the crackdown costs until the Islamic Republic’s grip on power falters, ultimately leading to its effective demise.
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