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People gather in Melbourne, Australia to stand in solidarity with the Iranian protests.

People gather in Melbourne, Australia to stand in solidarity with the Iranian protests. | Matt Hrkac

October 3, 2022

How Iran's Generation Z Is Leading Protests in the Streets and Online

Ask Students: Who are some of the people protesting in Iran that are described in this story? What is the reason protests started recently?

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Summary

The Islamic Republic of Iran is no stranger to popular uprisings. The regime cracked down on protests in 2009, and again 10 years later. But there’s something different about the demonstrations sweeping the country today, sparked by the killing of a woman by morality police. They are being led by young people, and are playing out both in the streets, and online. Ali Rogin reports. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who are some of the people protesting in Iran that are described in this story?
  • What is the reason protests started recently?
  • When did protests begin?
  • Why did younger Iranians lead this protest?
  • How has Iranian leadership responded to the protests?

Focus Questions

Do you think there’s a difference in mass protests led by young people?

Media Literacy: Why do you think this story focused on one generation participating in the protests?

Unraveling History

Do you know about the modern history of Iran? What led to the current protests? Read the following article and write a paragraph summary of how this current protest might be different from past protests in Iran.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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