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School Girls Join Iran’s Protests as Classrooms Stage Rebellions

Women and men protest against the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini on October 1. 

Women and men protest against the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini on October 1. 

Photographer: Enrico Mattia Del Punta/NurPhoto/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Teenage school girls are joining women-led protests in Iran over the country’s Islamic dress code in what’s emerging as one of the largest feminist uprisings in the history of the modern Middle East.

The demonstrations were triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who collapsed into a coma and died after being arrested by Iran’s so-called morality police for allegedly flouting strict rules on what women can wear.