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Thousands In Iran Protest Women Being Attacked With Acid For Not Following Dress Code

Organized gangs are throwing acid on women who are dressed immodestly according to Iranian standards.

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Thousands of Iranians on Wednesday protested the recent wave of acid attacks against women in the city of Isfahan.

#Iran: Protest in my home town of #Isfahan today against the brutal acid attacks on a dozen women.

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#Iran: Protest in my home town of #Isfahan today against the brutal acid attacks on a dozen women.

9:05 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In recent weeks, organized gangs thought to be affiliated with the regime have thrown acid on nearly eight to nine women who dressed in a manner deemed un-Islamic by conservative authorities.

#Iran: angry demonstration, anti-government slogans against acid attack by government backed mobs @EricShawnonFox @AP

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#Iran: angry demonstration, anti-government slogans against acid attack by government backed mobs @EricShawnonFox @AP

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The attacks have left some of the women disfigured, severely burned, and blinded, the New York Times reported.

Hundreds protest in Isfahan, #iran, against acid attacks, compare regime thugs to ISIS. @ncrius @NCRI_Women_Comm

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Hundreds protest in Isfahan, #iran, against acid attacks, compare regime thugs to ISIS. @ncrius @NCRI_Women_Comm

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Around 2,000 people took to the streets shouting anti-government slogans and demanding action against the extremist attackers.

Pictures: Demonstration against acid attacks & violence against women today in Isfahan, #Iran

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Pictures: Demonstration against acid attacks & violence against women today in Isfahan, #Iran

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Protesters gathered outside Isfahan's judiciary compared the attackers to ISIS militants. Others chanted, "Death to extremists."

Demonstration in #Iran against acid attacks chanting "Acid attackers in #Iran, more vicious than #ISIS @AC360 @AP

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Demonstration in #Iran against acid attacks chanting "Acid attackers in #Iran, more vicious than #ISIS @AC360 @AP

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The protests were organized in the wake of a new law passed Sunday which is designed to protect and empower citizens who "correct" those that do not adhere to Iran's strict social laws and who display un-Islamic behavior.

"Stop Acid Attacks" read sign held up by #Iran woman protesting against acid attacks in Isfahan

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"Stop Acid Attacks" read sign held up by #Iran woman protesting against acid attacks in Isfahan

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The mullah's regime is using "brutalities and intimidation" against those who are increasingly becoming critical of them, said Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

#MaryamRajavi condemns wave of acid attacks against Iranian women http://t.co/l1466fJSYt #Iran

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#MaryamRajavi condemns wave of acid attacks against Iranian women http://t.co/l1466fJSYt #Iran

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Protesters and opposition forces say the women have been attacked under the pretext of "mal-veiling" — a term used by the country's religious authorities to describe clothing that does not meet Islamic standards.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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