Protests have spread across multiple cities in Iran over the death of a young woman taken into custody for allegedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code. Iranian police have denied that she was mistreated, according to state-run media. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
TEHRAN—Iranian protesters clashed with police on Tuesday in a fourth straight day of protests over the death of a young woman in police custody, prompting a harsh response from a conservative Islamic government challenged by discontent over its enforcement of morality laws.
Authorities have moved to suppress the outpouring of fury on the streets since Mahsa Amini, 22 years old, died after being detained for allegedly violating Iran’s strict Islamic dress code. Riot police showed up in force Tuesday to confront a group of protesters in Tehran that was smaller in size than previous days but just as intense, holding up traffic in the city center and shouting slogans that challenged Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.