8 protesters explain why they risk their lives

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In a photo provided by the Kurdish-run Hawar News Agency, Kurdish women hold pictures of Iranian Mahsa Amini during a protest against her death in Iran, in the city of Qamishli, northern Syria, Monday, September 26, 2022. The protest took place overseas.  Iran in recent days after Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died after being arrested by Iran's morality police for violating the country's Islamic dress code.


Iran protest voices: 8 protesters explain why they risk their lives

  • Protests in Iran were sparked by the killing of Mahsa Amin, a 22-year-old woman who died in custody after being arrested by Iran’s “morality police”.
  • There were large-scale arrests of students, journalists, supporters, artists, sports stars and celebrities.
  • USA TODAY spoke with Iranian activists about the secret process. This story reveals their testimony in their own words.

Three weeks into the nationwide protests caused by killing Mahsa AminiA 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman died in custody after being arrested by Iran’s “moral police”, authorities who continue to crack down on anti-government protesters.

Amini was reportedly imprisoned and beaten to death for failing to follow Iran’s Islamic dress code, which includes, for women, the head covering known as the hijab.

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