Mahsa Amini Death leads to Protest


Over the death of Mahsa Amini, protesters yell chants (photo courtesy AP News).

Callie Holmes, Staff Writer

The people of Iran are enraged over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year old woman killed in police custody. She was in police custody because she refused to wear a hijab. The suspicious death led to violent protests that caused the passing of at least nine people. Although the police say she died of a heart attack, her family suspects differently; the photographer who took pictures outside her hospital room was also arrested this Thursday. To stop the spread of protests, a powerful telecom operator shut down the access to mobile internet.

The public in Iran is beginning to rise up against these unjust laws such as requiring women to wear hijabs. Iran has been facing decades of suppression against inalienable rights. Freedom of press and speech has been restricted and journalists regularly face threats of arrest. Iranians are taking matters into their own hands, and attempting to fight for their rights.