Protests continue to rage in Iran, where the police murder of a 22-year-old named Mahsa Amini lit a bonfire of fury among the people.
As the Iranian regime tries to smother the flames of protest, effects are spreading as more people show solidarity with protesters decrying the country’s extremist religious morality laws.
And one Iranian athlete is taking her protest overseas.
Elnaz Rekabi, who represented Iran at the Asian Climbing Competition finals in Seoul, competed without her hijab – disobeying the Islamic republic’s restrictions for female athletes. Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation announced the results of Rekabi’s competition (she came in fourth place) on its website alongside an image of Rekabi wearing a hijab.
Female athletes are required to abide by the country’s strict dress code even when competing in other countries.
The 33-year-old star athlete made the symbolic gesture in support of anti-hijab and anti-government protesters, ripping across Iran day after day a month after Amini’s murder for “violating morality laws.”