Exiled in France, Iranian chess star salutes courage of protesters

Paris (AFP) – One of the greatest chess players Iran has ever produced, Mitra Hejazipour, has been living in exile in France for over four years. The Franco-Iranian chess prodigy moved to France after being expelled from the Iranian chess team for removing her headscarf at a tournament, in defiance of the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women. One year after the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, Hejazipour says she is in awe of Iranian protestors’ courage.


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