Iranian women cut hair in protest to death of Mahsa Amini | USA TODAY


The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparked violent protests and motivated some women to cut their hair in a stand against the Iranian government.

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Security forces in Iran cracked down Monday as protests and international criticism continued over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained for violating the country’s dress code..

Amini, who was Kurdish, was arrested last week by Iran’s “morality police” for not properly covering her hair with a headscarf, or hijab, according to a statement from acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif. Amini collapsed at a detention center, fell into a coma and died three days later, the statement said.

Iranian police said Amini died of a heart attack and released footage purportedly showing the moment she collapsed. Her family told local media she had no history of heart trouble and said witnesses reported seeing her shoved into a police car.

Her father, Amjad Amini, told an Iranian news website that authorities pressured him to bury his daughter at night to reduce the chance of protests, but the family was able to bury her in the morning.

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