Iran sweeps it under the rug
This week is the first anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest by Iran’s morality police, which led to massive protests across the Islamic country before violent security crackdowns. Human rights groups within Iran estimate that at least 500 protesters were killed in that crackdown. With the actual anniversary just days away – 16 September is the official date – Iran’s religious authorities have been trying to head off any resurgence of protests. More police are on the streets of Tehran, there have been rolling internet outages, and pro-demonstration university professors have been fired. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently blamed Western countries for the uprising and said that any future instability would have a “big cost”. Speaking of the costs, the Aussie Government yesterday announced new sanctions on senior Iranian police and state media.
If you need a refresher on what happened to Mahsa Amini and how it sparked a massive protest movement in Iran, our Squiz Shortcut has you sorted.
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