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The woman who performed the first such protest in late December has become a symbol of defiance against the strict dress code enforced in Iran. She has been dubbed the "Girl of Revolution Street." After her protest on December 27, several other women were detained in Iran for protesting compulsory ...
We were not just part of the biggest political demonstration in British history, but the largest simultaneous protest event in the world, with millions marching ... to Iran sending a drone across its borders; and the gulf states continue to feed money and weapons to the dwindling opposition and jihadist militias.

While the protests across Iran continue against rising prices and the drop in living conditions, the Iranian parliament has agreed to increase water, electricity and gas costs during Iran's next year's budget, which starts on March 21 according to the Persian calendar. The decision comes after a long debate ...
A unique and unwieldy regime that splits authority between a clerical supreme leader and directly elected institutions, the Iranian system has always been plagued by factionalism. The recent protests were in part a result of those struggles: opponents of President Hassan Rouhani staged the first ...
But, also important to note -- not all women joining the protests are taking off the hijab. Many are wearing it and joining the protest in support of the right to choose. Because at the heart of this revolution for human dignity is the assertion that we women should have agency over our bodies and not the state.
On the 1st of January, and the fifth day of protests in Iran, President Rouhani decided to pursue a course that the security and military officials had pursued before him. While speaking of the importance of attention to economic and political realities and the people's right to protest, Rouhani overlooked the ...

Barely a month ago, Iranians were amassing in the streets to protest against their government. Their core grievances, according to Western media and politicos, were the economy, foreign policy, expansionism, and human rights. Today, the protests are over. But according to a recent survey by the Center ...
In late December, a young woman appeared standing atop a utilities box in front of the French Bakery on Enghelab (Revolution) Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Tehran. She was holding a long stick with a white veil hanging limply off the end of it. She appeared just before the recent wave of protests ...
It was the quietest protest Iran has ever witnessed. Vida Movahed, a thirty-one-year-old mother of a toddler, stood atop a large utility box on Tehran's busy Enghelab Street and removed the hijab head covering that all women are required to wear by law. Her jet-black hair cascaded far down her back.
The first chants heard in the Iran uprising launching on December 28th focused on skyrocketing prices and unemployment. The scope and depth of Iran's unemployment is at times unbelievable, especially when you consider the fact that college graduates with Master's degrees are seen as simple workers ...
Movahedi's defiant act came on the eve of national anti-government protests in Iran fueled by widespread economic, social and political discontent. .... Alinejad's 2017 White Wednesdays initiative encouraged women in Iran to protest forced hijab by wearing white clothing and headscarves on Wednesdays.
Initiated on May 27, 2017, the "White Wednesday Campaign" encouraged women and men to wear white scarves or tie them round their necks and post their photos on social media platforms as a show of protest against the compulsory hijab in Iran. The color white was deliberately chosen by the founder, ...
First, the recent protests nullify by their very existence the myth of Iranian irresolution, since ordinary people--albeit from a somewhat different social stratum than that of the demonstrators from 2009--have risked life and limb to protest Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei with chants of "Death to the dictator!
Iran has reportedly arrested nearly 5,000 people during recent protests. The protests began in late December and have continued through 2018, and are the country's biggest unrest in a decade. New protests have been sparked by the #WhiteWednesdays movement on social media, have seen women ...
As images of Iranian women holding their hijabs aloft spread on social media, an influential activist said women are symbolically rejecting the wider "interference of religion" in their lives. "We are fighting against the most visible symbol of oppression," said Masih Alinejad, who hosts the website My Stealthy ...
A protester raises her fist during a demonstration in support of the Iranian people amid a wave of protests spreading throughout Iran in Paris. (AFP) ... Iranian MP Ali Reza Rahimi said that local authorities have arrested nearly 5,000 demonstrators in recent protests which took place across 100 cities.
Tehran police arrested 29 people on Thursday after an unprecedented protest against the legal requirement that women must wear headscarves in public took place this week, according to Iranian media ... Add Iran as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Iran news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

An Iranian activist based in the United States, Masih Alinejad, who has a show on Voice of America's Persian-language satellite channel, has called on women in Iran to observe "White Wednesdays," wearing white and removing their veils and waving them overhead on sticks to protest the compulsory ...
In Kermanshah a woman reportedly started the protests. "Death to Khamenei" was chanted when plain-clothed security officers began arresting protesters. Anti-riot forces who arrested 7 protesters in Kermanshah, were overrun by protesters forcing them to release the arrested, the MEK said. In Tuyserkan at ...
Najmeh Bozorgmehr, a Tehran-based correspondent for the Financial Times, talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about why women in Iran are boldly protesting the compulsory hijab. ... And that's why the Islamic Republic is quite shocked that at this time - it has never been this relaxed - why there are protests.
On Jan. 30, a group of women in Tehran protested the country's compulsory hijab rules by taking off their scarves in public and holding them up on sticks. The protest led to a series of reactions from both officials and analysts. Abbas Abdi, a Reformist analyst, said Jan. 29: "The events of the past few days ...
On December 28, 2017, a small street protest over high prices in the city of Mashhad rapidly spilled over into some 85 cities and provincial towns. The crowds ... Neither simply an extension of routine protests, nor a prologue to revolution, what transpired in Iran recently was an extraordinary popular revolt.
"Some think that if people protest about a problem it equals animosity towards [Iran]," Motamedinejad said. "In our opinion, that is not true … we want to confront this mindset and deal with sensitive issues and break the taboo to have a better atmosphere for criticism so we could advise the government to do ...
At first, the protests were a display of anger by working-class Iranians, in the city of Mashhad, who complained of poverty and inequality. But the unrest soon spread to more than 80 cities. And as thousands of disenchanted citizens widened the agenda to include corruption, human rights, foreign policy and ...
"As the protests spread, many Iranian activists online were inspired by the nonviolent protest of the lone girl," Masih Alinejad, founder of the My Stealthy Freedom campaign against enforced hijab, told Al-Monitor, a news site covering the Middle East. "Her gesture was seen as a symbol of resistance.
These calls and harsh slogans caught Reformists by surprise and led to soul-searching as to the role of Reformists in Iran. Saeed Hajjarian, often called the main Reformist theoretician, wrote an article about the recent protests and even the chants for the shah's monarchy. In an article titled "After Rouhani," ...
She was silently waving a white flag in an apparent protest against the compulsory hijab, which in Iran refers to Islamic dress that covers the hair and body. Amnesty International quoted three eyewitnesses as saying that police arrested the woman on the spot and transferred her to a nearby detention center ...
Weeks later, after Iran was shaken by the biggest anti-government protests in nearly a decade, the woman's whereabouts are unknown. ... "As the protests spread, many Iranian activists online were inspired by the nonviolent protest of the lone girl," Masih Alinejad, an activist and founder of the My Stealthy ...
Though president Rouhani has on several occasions defended Iranians' right to protest, he seems unwilling to challenge the supreme leader on the brutality that lead to 25 protester deaths. His silence has infuriated Iranians. A few days into the protests, demonstrators began accusing the self-declared ...
Rouhani has struck the right tone: admitting that the ruling elite is out of touch, recognizing people's right to protest, noting that their dissent stemmed not just from economic malaise, and emphasizing that they seek a more open society and polity. Ayatollah Khamenei, however, has blamed the protests on a ...
(Tehran) -- Iranian officials said Sunday that hundreds of people detained in recent weeks during anti-government protests have been released and acknowledged that at least 25 people were killed during the unrest. The demonstrations that erupted in a number of towns and cities were the largest seen ...
Recent weeks have seen a new wave of protests in Iran. Unlike the 2009 protests, which were largely carried out by educated urbanites, the current round of protests have included smaller towns and the middle class. The regime claims to have quelled an uprising with each passing day, but history shows ...
Iran on Saturday lifted restrictions on the messaging app Telegram, the state news agency IRNA said. Iran's authorities had blocked the popular service as security forces sought to contain the most widespread public protests in the country since 2009. "An informed source announced that the filtering of the ...
The world is witnessing the biggest protest movement in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement uprising. Over the last two weeks, there has been unrest in nearly every major Iranian city and dozens of smaller towns. corruption, economic mismanagement, and neglect are the protesters' primary grievances, ...
The Trump Administration's highest-ranking Iranian-American, who serves as its top antitrust regulator, has welcomed recent anti-government protests in Iran as a "heartening" development. In an interview with ... "It is heartening to watch the Iranian people go through this [protest movement]," Delrahim said.
This was a slogan that appeared on a series of banners raised by Andimeshk Municipality workers in southern Iran during their protests over unpaid wages earlier .... Their verdict had come after their employer filed a complaint in reprisal for their collective action in protest against the firing of 350 workers.
In a U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office briefing note issued to journalists ahead of the talks, Johnson said he would be "making it clear to Foreign Minister Zarif, on the subject of the recent protests in Iran, that the right to peaceful demonstration within the law is central to any truly thriving society.".
Recent protests in numerous Iranian cities and towns caught the world by surprise, and embarrassed Iran's government and ruling political establishment. ... The most serious threats to the system have traditionally come when Tehran has risen in rebellion--as it did in June 2009 to protest the outcome of ...
Tehran and Washington have engaged in a fiery exchange of words over US use of social media to encourage Iranians to protest. US President Donald Trump has written several tweets criticizing the Iranian government and encouraging protests, while the US State Department openly announced that it ...
It's not clear how many students have been arrested in connection with the protests, which broke out more than a week ago. At least 21 people were killed, many in clashes with security forces trying to quell the rallies. Authorities in Iran have said 450 people have been detained. The US State Department ...
It's not clear how many students have been arrested in connection with the protests, which broke out more than a week ago. At least 21 people were killed, many in clashes with security forces trying to quell the rallies. Authorities in Iran have said 450 people have been detained. The US State Department ...
Meanwhile Thursday, anti-government protests appeared to slow down in Iran while the United States vowed not to forget the 21 people killed in the week of ... in exchange for sanctions relief, expressed concern about the situation in Iran, while saying people must be given a chance to peacefully protest.
1/4/18 - 11:45 a.m. -- Amnesty International says Iranian authorities "must ensure the right to peaceful protest, investigate reports that security forces have unlawfully used firearms against unarmed protesters and protect hundreds of detainees from torture and other ill-treatment." "law enforcement officials ...
So it resonates with that paranoid notion of Iranian politics." 899826926 People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017. Getty Images. A front-page article in Iran's state-sponsored newspaper Kayhan, released immediately after the protests began, blamed foreign ...
1/2/18 4:00 p.m. -- White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks about the widespread protests in several Iranian cities: "Unfortunately, millions of people around the world are not so fortunate. In recent days, we have watched widespread protest erupt in many Iranian cities. Years of ...
At least 450 people have been arrested and 21 killed in anti-government protests that swept quickly across the Islamic Republic late last week. The demonstrations began Thursday with a single protest in the eastern Iranian city of Mashhad over economic hardship, and the rate at which they spread took ...
False 'Iranian Protest' Videos Surface Online ... As protests spread around Iran in the waning days of 2017 and early 2018, some social media users began spreading misinformation regarding what they claimed ... Jones noted that the footage in question actually depicts a February 2011 protest in Bahrain.
By contrast, the protest leaders in 2009 "played a really important role," according to Iran expert Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution. "They effectively legitimized the protests as something that was politically sanctioned. We haven't seen an episode like that, where someone who's part of the ...
The next day, protests ignited in other cities across Iran, including the capital, Tehran. But the largest protest that day formed in Kermanshah, the main city in a western region where a magnitude-7.3 earthquake had killed hundreds of people in November. There, hundreds of protesters poured into the ...
Iran's largest protests in nearly a decade erupted on December 28, as demonstrators in the nation's capital, Tehran, as well as in other areas, took to the streets in response to "declining economic conditions, corruption and a lack of personal freedoms," according to The New York Times. Protesters have ...


 

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