Can protests in Iran bring change?

Essential Middle East explores what led to the protests in Iran and if they could bring about change.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against the Iranian regime.
Demonstrators take part in a protest against the Iranian government following the death of Mahsa Amini, outside the Iranian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on October 18, 2022 [Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana/ Reuters]

Iran’s brutal crackdown on protests has failed to stop people from protesting for a fifth week. The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last month for violating the strict dress code angered many Iranians. She became an icon and her death led to the biggest anti-government protests in years.

In this episode: 

  • Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam (@iranhr), director of Iran Human Rights and professor of neuroscience at the University of Oslo in Norway

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Khaled Soltan and hosted by Sami Zeidan. Research by our intern Nada Shakir. Our sound designer is George Alwer. Our lead engagement producer is Aya Elmileik and the assistant engagement producer is Munera AlDosari. Omar Al-Saleh is our executive producer. Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera English’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera