Iran cracks down on anti-hijab protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death in custody | 7.30

Iran cracks down on anti-hijab protests sparked by mahsa amini's death in custody | 7. 30

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The death of a young woman in Iran after she was allegedly beaten by so-called morality police appears to have galvanised a generation of young people challenging four decades of strict sharia law.

Women have been burning their headscarves and cutting their hair in open defiance of Iran’s theocratic rulers, who are blaming the US for the protests which they’ve vowed to crush. Michael Vincent reports.

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Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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