Who is Mahsa Amini, and Why Did Her Death Spark Protests in Iran?
22 year old Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody triggered worldwide protests, was a shy, reserved resident of a small town who never challenged the country's clerical rulers or its Islamic dress code, sources close to the family said.
Demonstrations broke out across Iran in after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody on Sept. 16. She was arrested for allegedly violating Iran’s strict Islamic dress code requiring women to wear headscarves, or hijabs. Protesters burned headscarves and clashed with police, who used tear gas, water cannons and firearms loaded with metal pellets to quell the unrest.
The Jerusalem Post gives provides a look at who this young woman was.
This pictorial by the Wall Street Journal encapsulates the response to Mahsa Amini's death across Iran.