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In September, protests began in Iran over the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, at the hands of the government. The demonstrations have since intensified, as has the government’s response, with thousands arrested and a terrifying campaign of public executions underway.
Today, Iranians who have taken part in the demonstrations tell us — in their own words — why they are willing to brave such severe punishments to help bring about change.
On today’s episode
The protests in Iran have escalated amid anger over religious rules and a rock-bottom economy.
A look at the Iranians who have been hanged, and those on death row, as the government tries to crush the monthslong uprising.
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