Virtual movement against the execution of three protesters in Iran

Virtual movement against the execution of three protesters in Iran

Don’t run them. In the past few days, this Farsi injunction turned into a keyword has been used millions of times on social media. Behind their keyboards, these Internet users ask the Iranian government not to execute three demonstrators.

“I’m not saying it’s 100% sure that the government will back down, but I think it’s 100% sure that without the pressure and the voice, [the convicts] will be killed”, Homan Davoodi commented on the phone.

The 40-year-old Montrealer left Iran six years ago in search of freedom, he said. Although he does not consider himself an activist, he has often taken a public stand against the regime. And in recent days, he too has broadcast various messages, most in Farsi, to call for a halt to the executions of Amirhossein Moradi, 26, Said Tamdjidi, 28, and Mohammad Rajabi, 26.

“I think this is the first time that I have seen so many people from different political specters speak with one voice,” digital researcher Amir Rashidi, who worked for the Center for Human Rights , told La Presse. person in Iran, settled in the United States.

The keyword has gone viral in Iran and has appeared in more than 8 million messages, he said, adding that he had “never seen it”.

On Tuesday, Iranian justice confirmed the death penalty for the three men, arrested after the demonstrations last November. Triggered by the rise in the price of gasoline, but having quickly transformed into a broader critique of the regime in place, they had been violently repressed. From a few hundred to a few thousand people were reportedly killed by the police.

Of course, it remains difficult to adequately measure the scale of the current movement, given the false accounts, warned Mr. Rashidi. “But I’m used to analyzing Twitter and I would say that this time is different, it’s really big,” he added.

International reactions
The keyword, which seems to really come from Iran, according to the researcher, was then taken up around the world, and even US President Donald Trump urged the Islamic Republic to back down in this file, in a tweet in Farsi.

The UN Human Rights Council also called for an investigation into allegations of torture that allegedly led the defendants to confessions. In Berlin, where a world summit of Iranian dissidents was broadcast at the Brandenburg Gate, protesters set up fake gallows with nooses to denounce planned executions.

In Berlin, where a world summit of Iranian dissidents was broadcast at the Brandenburg Gate, demonstrators installed false gallows with noose ties to denounce the planned executions of three young demonstrators in Iran.

Could international and internal pressure force Iran to turn around? “I believe that at this moment, with the high rate of unemployment and the population which is hungry with nothing more to lose, the image on the international scene could be secondary,” said Milad Odabaei, postdoctoral fellow Andrew W Mellon at McGill University. I am worried that the regime decides to use these cases as a warning, to scare people who would like to protest. ”

Smothered in particular by the repercussions of economic sanctions and COVID-19, Iranians have taken to the streets. Iranian police said on Friday that they had “firmly” dispersed protesters in the southwest of the country.

It is not known why the three men were targeted by charges of sabotage and armed theft, in particular, since the trial was not public. “For each demonstration in the history of the Islamic Republic, we can say that we see some people being condemned to serve as a lesson to the rest of the population,” said Milad Odabaei.

Said Tamdjidi and Mohammad Radjabi fled to Turkey, but were expelled by the country in December.

In 2019, at least 251 executions took place in Iran, according to Amnesty International.

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