Following the murder of Mahsa Amini (22) only days after being detained by Iran’s morality police, protests in the country grew more violent on Wednesday, according to a report from a US-based media outlet. Protesters threw stones over security personnel.
As Iran’s persecution of tight clothing regulations for women continued, protesters burnt automobiles and shouted anti-government chants. According to CBS, who cited Iranian state media, police dispersed groups of up to 1,000 people on Wednesday as street protests extended to 15 cities by using tear gas and arrests.
Mahsa Amini, 22, was seized by the specialized police unit while visiting Tehran with her family.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi instructed the interior minister to launch an investigation into the event after it prompted outrage on social media.
Amini’s passing occurs as debate about the actions of Iran’s morality police, officially known as the Gasht-e Ershad, is rising both inside and outside of the country (Guidance Patrol).
Women have resisted putting headscarves far back on their heads to show off their hair over the years, especially in large cities.