Watch: Women burn hijabs and cut their hair in protest against the death of Mahsa Amini

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New protests also broke out in Tehran, including in several universities, and in Iran’s second city, Mashhad.

Police in the capital used tear gas and batons to disperse crowds of protesters chanting slogans denouncing vice squads – the enforcers of the Islamic republic’s draconian laws requiring women to wear headscarves in public.

Several hundred people gathered in Tehran’s hijab street – or headscarf street – chanting “Death to the Islamic Republic!” as they took off their headscarves.

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The removal of the head of Tehran’s vice squad and Ebrahim Raisi, the announcement by the country’s president of an investigation into Amini’s death have failed to contain public anger in Iran.

Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, women in Iran have been required not only to wear a headscarf, but also to wear tight pants, clothes that show the knees, ripped jeans or brightly colored outfits.

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Tehran’s chief of police, General Hossein Rahimi, on Monday dismissed “false allegations against the police”, saying Amini had violated the dress code.

Gen Rahimi insisted that “the evidence shows that there was no negligence or inappropriate behavior on the part of the police”.

“This is an unfortunate incident and we never want to see such incidents again,” he said.

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