Iran: Protests across the country – is there a revolution now? | politics

Ongoing protests in Iran: Angry women burn their headscarves in the streets, cut their hair and destroy the obligatory pictures of the leaders of the revolution, Khomeni and Khamenei.

Because they want to regain their lost freedom, which they haven’t had since the Islamic revolution, they are shouting “Down with the dictator”.

The trigger for the protests: The brutal death of Masha Amini. The mullahs’ so-called morality police beat the 22-year-old Iranian into a coma, and she died in hospital on Friday. She had not worn her headscarf as required by strict mullah laws.

► For five days there has been resistance to the headscarf in more than 30 cities. Women and men demonstrate together against the mullah regime. They have a clear demand: “We don’t want an Islamic government! We do not want a misogynist government!”

And the main slogan speaks volumes: “Woman, Life, Freedom” (“Jin, Jian, Azadai” in Kurdish). Because: Amini was Kurdish, her real first name is Jina, a Kurdish name that is banned in Iran.

Demonstrators meet massive police chains in Tehran

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Is there now a revolution in Iran?

“The women leading the protests, the unveiling and burning of the veil, the feminist secular slogans, the widespread protests against the Islamic regime, the solidarity between women and men, the unity and courage herald a new dawn in the Women’s liberation movement, which must be supported by feminists everywhere,” said Iranian women’s rights activist Maryam Namazie (56) in BILD.

“It is the women’s revolution that we have been talking about for many years that is now the focus to put an end to the Islamic regime in Iran,” Namazie said clearly. “The solidarity of women and men around the world can help end theocracy once and for all in the 21st century.”

Meanwhile, the security forces of the mullahs’ regime are continuing to crack down on the protests with full brutality. Police officers shoot sharply into the crowd and have already shot demonstrators. Videos on the Internet show how they brutally beat people up.

► So far there have been six official deaths, but activists estimate the actual number is higher. There are several videos on the internet of police officers beating people. Thousands were arrested.

This man was shot dead by police on Monday in Tehran

According to photographers, this man shielded demonstrating women from police bullets fired in Tehran on Monday

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The mullahs have restricted internet access and have already announced that due to security incidents in recent days, internet access may be restricted by the security organizations.

In BILD, a woman from Tehran, Narges Moradi (37), appeals: “Please tell your colleagues that we are alone, do you understand that? We’re not going to make it anymore… They’re killing us, they’re killing us…”

What is the legal situation for women in Iran?

► Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, Iran has had strict Sharia clothing regulations. Women are required to cover their hair in public and wear long, loose-fitting clothing to disguise their figures. Anyone who violates this must expect public reprimands, fines or arrest.

► The government under President Ebrahim Raisi (61) and hardliners in parliament have been trying for months to enforce Islamic laws more strictly. The moral police sometimes use force when checking the dress code.

With scissors and fire in Iran Women protests against mullahs

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Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (41) has finally criticized the way the mullahs are handling the protests. “They have to be heard, because these women are demanding rights to which all people are entitled – nothing other than their inalienable human rights,” said the Green politician on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. “This message must finally reach all those responsible.”

► But right there, at the General Assembly, there is the next UN madness: Iranian President Raisi (61) is also present at the current UN General Assembly for the first time and he even sits on the UN Women’s Rights Commission while his regime kills demonstrators .

Demonstrators protested in front of United Nations Square in New York City on September 20, 2022

Demonstrators protested in front of United Nations Square in New York City on September 20, 2022

Photo: ddp/Steve Sanchez

“The key to all of this will be to put pressure on Western governments to end their support for, and ties with, the Islamic regime in Iran. An example of this is Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian President, who is currently addressing the UN General Assembly in New York. He is responsible for the murder of Amini and many others, including crimes against humanity, enforced disappearances, and torture. He should be arrested and not welcomed,” demands Namazie in BILD.

Not only in Iran are there protests for Amini and against the headscarf. In Berlin there was a demonstration in front of the Federal Chancellery on Wednesday, in other cities people took to the streets.

︎ The Federal Foreign Office explains in BILD: “The persecution and imprisonment of human rights defenders and women’s rights activists is an issue that we repeatedly raise with Iran in order to work for their release.”

And further: “Iran is one of the few countries that has not signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This shows how important the consistent implementation of feminist foreign policy is, especially when dealing with states that have such massive human rights deficits as Iran and deny large parts of their society a free development.”

In Iran, the Internet has been massively restricted since Wednesday evening. Mobile networks are “largely switched off”, reported the organization Netblocks.

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