Iranian Women Protest in Shiraz
Video obtained by Reuters showed a group of female protesters wearing black clothes and chanting “Basij get lost” to the man at a podium Tuesday in the Iranian city of Shiraz.
MORE: Reuters was able to verify the location of the video of the structures and features surrounding the school compound matched in file and satellite images.
Iran's clerical rulers have faced the biggest protests in years since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died on September 16 while in the custody of the morality police who enforce the Islamic Republic's strict dress code.
Hours after Amini's funeral, thousands of Iranians poured into the streets across the country, with people burning pictures of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and chanting "Death to the dictator," according to videos on social media.
Iran's supreme leader Monday gave his full backing to security forces confronting protests ignited by the death of Amini in custody, comments that could herald a harsher crackdown to quell unrest more than two weeks since she died.
The Basij, formally known as the Organization for the Mobilization of the Oppressed, was created as a paramilitary volunteer militia by the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in 1979. In peacetime, they enforce Iran’s Islamic social codes, acting as a morality police at checkpoints and parks.
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