The Iranian regime has been under serious economic sanctions for forty years and has long been an example of resistance to all external influences, no matter how deadly. More than once, public protests broke out in the country, primarily for economic reasons, but they were also brutally suppressed without serious consequences for the authorities. No one, however, knows at what point the patience of the Iranians will collapse, and what will be the reason for this.
This is written by Farid Isaev, columnist for haqqin.az
The death of a 22-year-old girl in Tehran may well serve as a trigger that launches irreversible processes. It should be recalled that in 2011, the death of a simple street vegetable vendor, 26-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi, served as a powerful impetus for revolutionary uprisings in Tunisia and beyond, giving rise to what was called the “Arab Spring”. The death of young people who have become victims of arbitrary power resounds with rage in the hearts of the people.
Mahsa Amini, according to the “vice police”, somehow incorrectly wore a scarf on her head, for which she was seized, thrown into a police van, and a few hours later ended up in a hospital in a coma. She died two days later. Government media began to spread information that the deceased was a sick person, and the police did not touch her, but the Iranians do not know what they are doing with the detainees.
On Saturday, September 17, hundreds of people came to the funeral of a girl in her hometown of Sekkeze, some of the women removed their headscarves in protest and solidarity with the victim. Protests were also held in Tehran at the Kasra hospital, where Amini died. The demonstrators were extremely disrespectful with posters depicting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Protests spread to other cities as well. Women were active participants in the protests, burning hijabs in protest and cutting off locks of their hair, demonstrating contempt for police rules. People recite slogans: “Down with the dictator!” and “Women, freedom, life!”.
In Divander, tear gas and live weapons were used against protesters, four people were reported killed and nine injured. New protests are expected in Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz and several other cities. To stop the growth of mass support for outrage, the authorities shut down the Internet.
When, in the fresh wake of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, its “guardians” jealously set about restoring order in the public mores of the always quite free Iran, especially its urban population, this passed as the costs of the process of change, and if it was not ardently supported by the population, then there were no big protests. caused. But now, more than forty years later, the ideals of that revolution, against the backdrop of deplorable results, have greatly dimmed, and the zeal of the religious police is met with rejection, and sometimes with a fierce rebuff.
Despite the limitation of the Internet, a photo of Amini's tombstone was scattered on social networks, on which it is written: “You are not dead. Your name will become our motto.”
The act of the well-known Iranian actress Shabnam Farshajo testified that the actions of disobedience reached the national level. She took off her hijab on Instagram and encouraged Iranian women to follow her example. Videos of other women who did the same appeared on the networks.
The authorities are at a loss. On the one hand, the head of the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejeye, suggested, as expected, that foreign enemies are behind this campaign against hijabs, and instructed the special services to look into it. On the other hand, the police officers who detained Mahsa Amini are now under arrest and are being investigated. It may be possible to extinguish the current outbreak of protest, but public indignation will not go anywhere. The hijab is just an excuse, the reason is the rejection of power, which drives its people into the Middle Ages.