Iran’s Hijab Protests Have Lit a Fire the Regime Can’t Put Out

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Anti-riot police arrive from behind a burning trash bin during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, Tehran, Iran, Sept. 20, 2022 (photo by an individual not employed by the AP and obtained outside Iran, via AP Images).

The death of Mahsa Amini after being arrested by the Iranian police’s “guidance patrol”—tasked with enforcing the mandatory hijab law—may not seem like the kind of event that could seriously undermine the Islamic Republic’s authority. But it has set off a wave of protests that could become the largest the country has seen in years.

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