Iranian Protesters Charged
Iranian authorities have indicted over 500 protesters this week amid nationwide unrest, including several who face a possible death sentence. The protests began last month following the in-custody death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained for violating the country's dress code for women (see background).
Judicial officials brought various charges against hundreds of individuals across several provinces for protest-related offenses, including sharing propaganda and disturbing the peace. Iranian leaders have blamed the unrest on outside agitators seeking to destabilize the country. Despite the charges—which Iranian officials indicate are designed to stop further protests—workers and university students continue to plan protests and strikes around the country. See a map of protest activity here.
Today marks the 40th day since Amini's death, the traditional conclusion of a 40-day mourning period.