Iranian woman named Time Magazine's "Hero of the Year".

(Extracted from "Time Magazine (Time)" Twitter)

[Central News Agency] The US "Time Magazine" announced today that an Iranian woman has been selected as "Hero of the Year".

After the 22-year-old Kurdish woman Emini was arrested and killed for violating clothing regulations, a wave of female-led protests broke out across Iran, setting off a "hijab revolution" for freedom.

Mahsa Amini (Mahsa Amini) was arrested by morality police on suspicion of not wearing a hijab. She died in custody on September 16. People accused the police of beating Amini to death, but the authorities denied it.

Emini's death triggered anti-government demonstrations in cities and towns across Iran. Many women bravely stood up and burned their headscarves to express their anger. Protesters shouted "women, life, freedom" and demanded that the government abolish women's clothing regulations.

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Years of popular anger over economic and political repression in Iran have turned the demonstrations into a popular uprising, posing one of the toughest challenges to the cleric leadership since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Azadeh Moaveni (Azadeh Moaveni), a former reporter of Time magazine, wrote an article explaining the origin of this wave of protests in Iran, and pointed out that many younger women are now taking to the streets. The protest movement they lead is unique and pursues What is important is to be able to live a normal life, including going to university, traveling abroad, enforcing the rule of law, participating in politics, and being able to freely express opinions and decide what to wear.

She pointed out that the average age of protesters arrested by the authorities is very young. Some officials estimate that the average age is only 15 years old, which shows the new generation's desire for freedom.

Nearly three months later, protests on college campuses have continued, with protesting students demanding the release of their arrested friends and failing to abide by rules that separate men and women in public from classrooms.

Moavini estimated that 400 protesters had been killed by security forces, but some human rights groups estimated the number may be higher, while judicial authorities sought heavy penalties for some of those arrested.

Despite the authorities' measures to block the Internet, news of protesters' deaths and abuses continued to emerge.

In addition to paying tribute to the women who led the challenge to the Iranian regime, she also pointed out that the uprising of young women in Iran may set off shock waves and affect surrounding areas. For example, in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, where violence against women is common, there are also people in solidarity with Iranian sisters. Ignore the power of women.

Emini's death was just the spark for the protests.

Religious police patrols have become more aggressive since the election of hardline President Ebrahim Raisi last year, with videos circulating online of officers roughing up young women for not wearing the proper clothing or hijab.

During recent demonstrations across Iran, some protesting women waved their headscarves and chanted "Death to the dictator!" in Farsi, referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Repression has worked in the past, but the spontaneous demonstrations are ongoing and changing.

It is the only time since millions took to the streets during the "Green Movement" in 2009, and the length and change of the protests pose a new threat to Tehran.

The Women of Iran are @TIME's Heroes of the Year—really proud of this choice and the fantastic piece by @AzadehMoaveni with powerful images from brave Iranian photographer Forough Alaei

— Ben Goldberger (@BenGoldberger) December 7, 2022

The Women of Iran are TIME's 2022 Heroes of the Year #TIMEPOY

— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2022