Social media posts coming out of Iran show that protests against Iran’s mandatory hijab laws, in reaction to the death of a young woman who died in police custody, have spread to multiple cities across the country.
The protests, now on their sixth day, erupted when Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was detained by Iran’s morality police, died while in custody. Iran’s notorious Guidance Patrol do sweeps where they either fine or arrest women for improper or loose-fitting hijab. These sweeps, conducted in white and green vans, routinely cause controversy, especially when someone resists. The videos often go viral and bring to light an unpopular law that is enforced with brute force.