It was updated Sept 26, 2022.

Iran accused the U.S. of exploiting mass protests against Iran's strict rules on women's dress in order to weaken the country.


A protester holds a portrait of a woman during a protest.

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Washington is always trying to weaken Iran's stability and security according to an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman.

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran's morality police, which enforces the country's strict dress code for women.

The U.S. treasury department accused the morality police of using violence to suppress peaceful protests against the death of a Kurdish woman in their custody.

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The protests, led largely by women, have been held in cities across Iran for more than a week, and have spread to cities around the world. The first protests in Iran began on the day of Amini's funeral and are the largest public demonstrations in Iran since 2019. Amini died from a heart attack after being taken into custody for wearing a headscarf that was improper. The police account that Amini was mistreated was disputed by his family, who said the 22-year-old was healthy. The witnesses said the morality police beat Amini after she was arrested. State media says at least 41 people have died during the protests, but some experts think the toll is much higher.

Iran accuses the US of trying to undermine it.

The Iranian President canceled her interview because she wouldn't wear a headscarf.

Iran blocks nearly all internet access as anti government protests intensify.

Here is what you need to know about the anti-hijab protests.