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Iranian competitive climber who competed without hijab welcomed back by crowds in Tehran

Elnaz Rekabi welcomed back to Tehran. Athlete competed in S Korea without hijab.

Where: Iran

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Iranian professional climber, Elnaz Rekabi, was welcomed back in Tehran by cheering crowds after competing in South Korea without wearing her mandatory hijab.
Rekabi’s decision to forego the hijab came as protests over Mahsa Amini’s death while in the custody of the Iranian morality police enter their fifth week.
On September 16th, Amini was reportedly detained over issues concerning her clothing. The 22-year-old’s resultant death then sparked nationwide protests in over 100 cities.
The protests, which have turned violent, have reportedly claimed the lives of around 240 to date, according to the US-based Iranian rights group, HRANA.
Iran’s theocracy is currently facing its most challenging period since mass protests erupted over the disputed 2009 presidential election.

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