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The protests by the schoolgirls began hours after Iran's supreme leader defended the government's response

Iran Schoolgirls Remove Hijabs in Protests Against Government

Schoolgirls in Iran have been waving their headscarves in the air and chanting against clerical authorities, in an unprecedented show of support for the protests engulfing the country.

Videos verified by British media showed demonstrations inside schoolyards and on the streets of several cities. They echoed the wider unrest sparked by the death of a woman last month, who was detained for breaking the hijab law.

In Karaj, girls reportedly forced an education official out of their school. Footage posted on social media on Monday, October 3, showed them shouting "shame on you" and throwing what appear to be empty water bottles at the man until he retreats through a gate.

In another video from Karaj, which is just to the west of the capital Tehran, students are heard shouting: "If we don't unite, they will kill us one by one."

In the southern city of Shiraz on Monday, dozens of schoolgirls blocked traffic on a main road while waving their headscarves in the air and shouting "death to the dictator" - a reference to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters. (BBC / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you protect Iranian girls and women from having their rights violated, and that they are treated and respected equally by all. We trust that the turmoil will soon be resolved and all innocent citizens will regain what they lost.”