In the March event of our APS Discussion Group series, we discussed the ongoing protests in Iran, spurred by the arrest and subsequent death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September 2022. Some have called these protests the biggest threat to Iran’s regime since the 1979 revolution. Amini was arrested in Tehran in September by the country’s “morality police” after allegedly wearing her hijab too loosely. She later died in police custody. Since her death, rallies and protests against the government have spread throughout the country, reaching into other parts of the world. The phrase “Women. Life. Freedom.” has become a rallying cry for protestors condemning the Iranian government.
This discussion was facilitated by Maggie Collins, Founder and Managing Principal of the Howe Street Group and APS Program Committee Member, with special commentary provided by Azzie Amani, Iranian-born activist who now resides in the Kansas City area.