The demonstrations sweeping Iran and the rest of the world are just the latest in a powerful resistance against the politicizing and policing of women’s bodies.
The Iranian government has cut off internet access for much of the country as protests have exploded across the nation over the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
The “Iranian people made their decision,” she said. “Whether the regime cracks down on the protests, whether they shut down the internet, people of Iran won’t give up. ... The anger is there.”
The full scope of Iran's ongoing unrest remains unclear, as protesters in at least a dozen cities clash with security and paramilitary forces.
The death of Mahsa Amini, who had been picked up for her allegedly loose headscarf, has triggered daring displays of defiance.
The U.N. human rights office called for an investigation into her death and condemned the country's “systemic persecution” of women.
Fleischer, a former press secretary for President George W. Bush and a Fox News contributor, said the speculation was "foolish conspiracy theory."
Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist, was killed in May while covering Israeli military raids in the occupied West Bank.
“This is not a revolution,” said Muqtada al-Sadr, whose supporters stormed Baghdad's Green Zone after he said he was leaving politics.
An influential Shiite cleric announced that he will resign from Iraqi politics, and hundreds of his angry followers responded by storming the government palace.