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Iran deploys mounted police to quell Mahsa Amini protests

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Iran has deployed mounted police in a bid to contain more than seven weeks of protests sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, according to videos posted online.

Amini, an Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on September 16, three days after she was arrested in Tehran by the morality police, igniting nationwide protests.

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The Iranian authorities have adopted a range of tactics in a bid to suppress the protests, which officials refer to as “riots”.

The clerical state has been rocked by a protest movement that erupted when Amini, 22, died after her arrest for allegedly breaking Iran’s strict hijab dress rules for women.

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In a rare move, the authorities have deployed a posse of police on horseback in Tehran’s streets to stifle the demonstrations.

Young women have led the way, removing and burning their head coverings, chanting anti-regime slogans and confronting security forces on the street despite a crackdown that has killed dozens.

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