'Women, Life, Freedom'
Iran's state-run television channel was interrupted Saturday during a news segment after activists hacked into the network, airing a message of support for ongoing demonstrations across the country. The clip (watch here) included the message "Women, Life, Freedom," along with an image of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei overlayed with crosshairs and flames.
The interruption came as protests across the country, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while being detained for violating hijab requirements, entered their fourth week. Iranian officials claimed Friday Amini died from a longstanding illness; authorities initially claimed she suffered a heart attack and suffered a blow while falling to the floor (see previous write-up).
Reports suggest at least 185 people have been killed and more than 1,500 arrested in protests largely led by women and younger Iranians. Demonstrations are most intense in the country's northwest, a region that is ethnically Kurdish and includes Amini's hometown of Saqqez.