iran protests

For six consecutive days, anti-government protests by Iranians fed up with their nation's economic woes have spread to 10 major cities.

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The video and pictures of an unidentified woman in Iran removing her hijab, placing it on a stick and waving it, which circulated widely on social media, have become a symbol of the recent protests in the Islamic Republic. The woman was reportedly arrested shortly after her act of defiance.

“The regime wants you to think that either there are no protests, or that the protests are solely about the economy. But I am not protesting the economy. Women are protesting the repressive Islamist laws. I am sick of Hijab, Sharia law and Sharia police. Women are sick of the Sharia police monitoring them constantly for what they wear, what they say, what they drink, where they go, and what kind of relationships they have”. – Leila, a young Iranian woman.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blames “Americans and Zionists” for the recent protests. The Shiite Muslim hard-liner says money supporting the citizens came from “one of the filthy-rich governments of the Persian Gulf.” (Associated Press/File)

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Richmond Hill MP Majud Jowhaari tweeted that he hopes "the brave nation of Iran have the opportunity to air their legitimate financial, social and political concerns with the support of their elected government." (CBC)

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