Iran protests: Can there be hope for change? | DW News

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Thousands of demonstrators on Wednesday marched through the streets of Iran amid unrest over the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old woman died in police custody after she was arrested for allegedly wearing a headscarf in an “improper” way under the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women. Officials confirmed that two people died in an attempt to disperse protesters on Wednesday. This brings the death total to six. In Istanbul, a woman cut her own hair in solidarity with Amini during a protest at the Iranian consulate. Outside the consulate, dozens of Iranian and Turkish women carried banners and portraits of Amini.

Internet disruptions
According to NetBlocks, a London-based monitoring organization, access to Instagram was blocked in Iran on Wednesday. It was already one of the few Western social media platforms that Iran has access to, as Tehran blocks Telegram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. A cyberattack was also reported to have affected Iranian government websites. Hackers claimed responsibility for the attack. Cyberattacks by dissident hackers on the Iranian government have been common in recent years. Many of these attacks were blamed on Israel by Tehran.

Raisi condemns West’s ‘double standards’
Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s President, accused the West “double standards” for raising concerns about Iran’s women’s rights. He addressed the UN General Assembly Wednesday. Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi cited the deaths of Indigenous Canadian women, the “Islamic State” group’s “savagery,” against women from religious minorities and Israeli security forces’ actions in the Palestinian territories. Raisi stated that “So long as there is this double standard where attention is only focused on one side and does not apply to all equally, then we will not have justice and fairness.”

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Jeff Brown Investor