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Tension rises, Iranian women stage nationwide protest, burns hijab and headscarf amid death of 22 years Mahsa Amini

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The Iranian women has staged a nation wide protest over the death of 22 years journalist Mahsa Amino who died days after she was arrested by the Iran morality police for putting hijab on an improper way.

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Protests have spread across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini after a young woman was arrested by the country’s morality police.

The police are in charge of enforcing the country’s strict dress code mandated for women, including wearing a hijab in public to cover one’s hair and neck.

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Amini was taken to the Vozara Street Detention Center Tuesday to be educated about the hijab, Tehran Police said.

But while in custody, Amini collapsed and was taken to the hospital, where she later died. Local police claimed she suffered a heart attack, while her family said she had no prior heart conditions, Bazaar News reports.

Public anger has flared since the Iranian authorities announced her death on Friday. A rights group said on Wednesday that two more protesters were killed overnight, raising the toll to six.

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Activists said the woman, whose Kurdish name is Jhina, had suffered a fatal blow to the head, a claim denied by officials in the Islamic republic, who said they had launched an investigation.

Some women demonstrators have defiantly taken off their hijabs and burned them in bonfires or symbolically cut their hair, video footage spread virally on social media has shown.

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State media reported Wednesday that, in a fifth night of street rallies that had spread to 15 cities, police used tear gas and made arrests to disperse crowds of up to 1,000 people.

Demonstrators hurled stones at security forces, set fire to police vehicles and garbage bins and chanted anti-government slogans, the official IRNA news agency said.

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Rights group Article 19 said it was “deeply concerned by reports of the unlawful use of force by Iranian police and security forces” including the use of live ammunition.

Overnight rallies were held in Tehran and other cities including Mashhad in the northeast, Tabriz in the northwest, Rasht in the north, Isfahan in the center and Shiraz in the south.

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“Death to the dictator” and “Woman, life, freedom,” protesters could be heard shouting in video footage that spread beyond Iran, despite online restrictions reported by Internet access monitor Netblocks.

In Iran, the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke publicly on Wednesday, but without mentioning the spreading unrest, and the ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi was to speak later in the day at the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Ismail Zarei Koosha, the governor of Kurdistan province where Amini lived and where the protests started stated on Tuesday that three people had been killed since the protest began.

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