BBC News Review – Iran protests



The story
Protests began last month when a young woman died after being arrested by morality police for not covering her hair.

Many members of the younger generation say they want a different lifestyle and don’t identify with the Iranian regime.

Human rights groups think 200 people have died in the protests so far.

Key words and phrases

fan the flames
make an already tense situation more tense
-His angry Twitter post fanned the flames of political tension.
– Stop spreading rumours. You’re fanning the flames.

wave
increase in similar events happening at the same time
– There was a wave of support for the new football manager.
– A wave of sickness made all the students ill.

Gen Z
the group of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s
– It’s often said that Gen Z are obsessed with social media.
– He’s from Gen Z – of course he doesn’t drink alcohol.

0:00 – Introduction
0:27 – Story
1:03 – Headline 1: Financial Times: Iranian celebrities fan flames of anti-regime protests
3:40 – Headline 2: France 24: Fame no shield in ‘frightening Iran arrest wave
5:23 – Headline 2: The Telegraph: How Gen Z became the Iranian regime’s most fearsome opponent
7:29 – Language summary

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