Iranian protesters demand an end to a pillar of the Islamic Republic: the morality police

Protests that have erupted across Iran in the past two weeks are rooted in anger at the country’s vice police, an unpopular holdover from the 1979 revolution that represents a weak point for the government, protesters and human rights defenders.

The death of Mahsa Amini, 22, on September 16 while in the custody of vice police struck a chord with many Iranian families, who have had their own humiliating experiences with officers enforcing strict Islamic codes. of the country in terms of dress and behavior. Among those protesting are conservative women and men, joining crowds of young secularists who say enforcement of rules around the hijab, or headscarf, for women is often capricious.


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