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Stymied by protests, Iran unleashes its wrath on its youth

By Farnaz Fassihi

14 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

The regime in Iran is waging a fight against Iranian children. The New York Times has a disturbing report on the extent of the state’s crackdown on the country’s youth as they push for freedoms.

One girl, a 14-year-old, was incarcerated in an adult prison alongside drug offenders. A 16-year-old boy had his nose broken in detention after a beating by security officers. A 13-year-old girl was physically attacked by plainclothes militia who raided her school.

A brutal crackdown by authorities in Iran trying to halt protests calling for social freedom and political change that have convulsed the country for the past two months has exacted a terrible toll on the nation’s youth, according to lawyers in Iran and rights activists familiar with the cases.

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