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Iran protests: Is there hope for change?

DW, 22 Sep 2022
Thousands of demonstrators on Wednesday marched through the streets of Iran amid unrest over the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old woman died in police custody after she was arrested for allegedly wearing a headscarf in an "improper" way under the Islamic Republic's strict dress code for women. Officials said on Wednesday that two people, including a police officer, died overnight as security forces tried to disperse protesters. The figure brings the death toll to six. Meanwhile in Istanbul, a woman cut her hair during a protest outside the Iranian consulate in solidarity with Amini. Dozens of Iranian and Turkish women outside the consulate carried portraits of Amini and banners in support of women's rights.

Internet disruptions
Access to Instagram in Iran was disrupted on Wednesday, according to the London-based monitoring group NetBlocks. The platform has already been one of the few Western social media sites available in Iran as Tehran blocks Facebook, Telegram, Twitter and YouTube. Separately, Iranian government websites came under what appeared to be a cyberattack. Hackers have claimed responsibility for the apparent attack. In recent years, dissident hackers have targeted the Iranian government with cyberattacks. Tehran has blamed many of those attacks on Israel.

Raisi condemns West's 'double standards'
Addressing the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi accused the West of "double standards" after several Western countries raised concerns over women's rights in Iran. The hardline cleric pointed to the deaths of Indigenous women in Canada, the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) group's "savagery" against women from religious minority groups and actions by Israeli security forces in Palestinian territories. "So long as we have this double standard, where attention is solely focused on one side and not all equally, we will not have true justice and fairness," Raisi said.


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