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Behind the women protesting in Iran

Women in Iran are ripping off their hijabs and cutting their hair in the streets as an outpouring of anger takes place across the country. Demonstrators are mourning and protesting the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old woman who died after being arrested by Iran’s morality police, who enforce the country’s strict dress codes for women. The authorities say Mahsa Amini had a heart attack, but her family say that’s a lie. Christiane had hoped to put all this to the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in an interview on Wednesday night. But at the last minute, he refused to sit for the interview unless Christiane wore a headscarf. It’s an unprecedented request; Christiane has interviewed every Iranian president since 1995, including on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and this had never before been an issue. So tonight, Christiane gets reaction to the protests from Senator Chris Murphy – who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – and an Iran expert. 

Also on today’s show: Holly Dagres, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; Susan Glasser & Peter Baker, coauthors of a new book on Donald Trump, The Divider.

 

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