The beginning of the end!The slogan Iranian activists issued calling for further protests against the Iranian government as protests enter their fifth week.
Why It Matters: Iranians of all ages are risking their lives in protests sparked after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died three days after reportedly being arrested for not properly wearing a hijab (a head covering common in Islamic countries). Iranian authorities have violently cracked down on protestors, who have been taking to the streets since Amini’s death four weeks ago.
Big Picture: These protests — in which reportedly more than 200 people, including minors, are believed to have been killed by security forces — are the largest act of resistance the country’s leadership has seen in years. The New York Times describes it as “the largest and most sustained bout of civil unrest to grip Iran since 2009.” (Iran is one of four U.S. designated state sponsors of terrorism.) Iran’s supreme leader has blamed the West for these protests, which he describes as “riots.”
by Jenna Lee,