veils to the bonfires and three dead

the iranian Mahsa Amini22 years old, was arrested last week by the morality police in Tehran for “improper dress”. In the van that was taking her to the police station “for guidance and education,” according to eyewitnesses, she was beaten into a coma. Three days later she died. And the news began to circulate through social networks and brave women began to take to the streets and challenge those codes of dress and conduct of the regime. On the fourth day of mobilizations, the protests have spread to more cities, leaving historical images.

Iran is unable to contain the demonstrations, in which three people have died. In fact, the repression is not only not stopping them but it is also bringing more people to the streets, who stand up to the riot police. The government is also inoperative, with the promise of the country’s president, ebrahim raisito investigate Amini’s death to the end, or with the sudden dismissal of the police chief of morality. the supreme leader, Ali Khameneihas sent emissaries to help the family of the deceased.

Videos shared by journalists and activists show harsh clashes in many provinces. In others, there are demonstrations of support for Amini as iconic as those of women who cut their hair while around them their companions chant “death to the dictator!” Others throw their veils into bonfires in what is beginning to become a symbol of this movement. Protesters shout “justice, freedom and no compulsory hijab!” or “women, life, freedom!”

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The authorities ignore the deceased in the last few hours and point to the “enemies of the system.” They assure that these people have been shot to death “with weapons that are not used by members of security.” The Governor of Tehran Mohsen Mansourispeaks of “foreign enemies” not only as authors of the deaths but also as main agitators, and that in fact there are three detainees of another nationality for their active participation in the disturbances.

Sanam Vakil, from the group of experts Chatham House, values ​​​​for the Reuters agency that it is not a “challenge” for the regime because Iran “has a monopoly on force and a well-perfected security strategy that it is already implementing”, for what he anticipates will be able to contain this crisis.

The ultra-conservative executive has increased the pressure on women to strictly comply with the rules of conduct and dress. The veil has been mandatory since 1979. Without it, declared the Ayatollah Ruholah Khomeini“they are naked”.


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