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How two teenagers became the new faces of Iran's protests

By Farnaz Fassihi

14 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The New York Times tells the grim story of the brutal killing of two teenage girls by Iranian security forces for partaking in a protest movement in which women and girls are on the front lines.

As unrest erupted across Iran calling for an end to the Islamic Republic’s rule last month, with young women in big cities and small towns tossing their headscarves onto bonfires to chants of “Women, Life, Freedom,” two teenage girls left their homes to join the protesters.

It was the last time their relatives would see them alive. One family searched frantically for their daughter for 10 days, posting desperate appeals for information on social media; the other found out the fate of their daughter within hours of her disappearance.

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