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Women, girls and students protesting in Iran






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Protests by women and girls are growing in Iran. They began after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September. She was killed for removing her headscarf in public. Her death started protests around Iran. Hundreds of thousands of women in the streets, on buses and in schools are copying Mahsa's actions. They are sending a message to Iran's leaders. Many burnt their scarves and cut their hair. They march chanting "women, life, freedom".

The protests are because of decades of pent-up fury. Women are tired of having to cover their hair. They are punished with fines and imprisonment. The death of 16-year-old Nika Shakarami last week fuelled the protests further. An Iranian professor said hair coverings were the tip of the iceberg. She said: "The demand is freedom. The current protests… are engaging students… who are ready to live life freely. They're done with death and grief and mourning."

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