Iran: Protests in Iran: Activists assume more than 50 deaths

Iranian authorities officially put the number of dead at 17. The secret service threatens demonstrators, but they want to continue.

During the violent crackdown on the protests in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini, according to human rights activists, there are at least 50 people was killed. The organization said that six people were shot dead by security forces on Thursday evening in Reswanshahr in the northern Iranian province of Gilan Iran Human Rights (HER) based in Oslo on Friday.

Also from the northern Iranian towns Babol and amol deaths have been reported. “The international community must stand by the Iranian people against one of the most repressive regimes of our time,” said IHR Director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam. The Iranian authorities officially put the number of dead at 17, including five security forces.

In response to the protests, the Iranian authorities restricted access to the Internet and blocked online networks. Of the Iranian secret service left no doubt on Friday either: he warned against participating in “illegal gatherings”. The government in Tehran had instructed the security forces to crack down on the nationwide protests. Nevertheless, demonstrators continue to take to the streets. A further escalation of the conflict seems inevitable.

Iran: Women shave their hair

Parisa (name changed for security reasons, but known to the editors), early 30s, has been in the capital for days Tehran included. “My anger has eaten up my fear,” she says on the phone with our editors. Everyone is tired after seven nights, but: “Both sides know that whoever leaves the streets earlier loses.” She has no intention of losing: “The hope is much greater than at the beginning of the wave.”

Since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini In numerous cities across the country, women rip their headscarves from their heads, throw them into the fire, symbolically shave their hair off and, full of rage, oppose the authorities every evening. The young Kurd was from the vice police arrested for violating the strict Islamic dress code and died shortly afterwards in police custody.

What exactly happened to her after her arrest is unclear. She passed out, fell into a coma, and was taken to the hospital. The family and human rights activists accuse the religious police alleged that he used violence, which the police denied.

Iran: Pictures of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei destroyed

The Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi promised at the United Nations in New York that the young woman’s death would now be independently investigated. He stressed that there is freedom of expression in Iran, but “acts of chaos” will not be tolerated.

But the Iranians on the street don’t seem to care. Night after night, the protests are expanding and have become a dangerous challenge for the Iranian leadership. about that headscarf it’s no longer possible.

The protesters are tearing up pictures of the religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, off the wall and shout “Death to the Dictator”. Garbage cans and police cars go up in flames, and there are live shots. According to the human rights organization Human Rights Watch, more than 30 people have died, including minors and security forces.

Hardly any access to the internet

Already on Thursday the Internet access locked to make communication with each other and with the outside more difficult. Despite this, the people, at least half of whom were women, were out on the streets well after midnight, says Farideh (name changed).

She is in her mid-20s and protests in Tabriz every evening. “The number of security forces is unbelievable,” she says on the phone. People just walked the streets in silence, “because the police attack as soon as groups form. We are slowly learning new ways of protesting.” A lot has already been achieved this week. “The authority of the security forces is injured.” Now it’s about more than abolishing the veil: “We can overthrow the whole thing.”

The economic situation of the people in Iran is devastating

In the videos, which until recently could still be seen on social media, the slogans of the “Green Revolution” of 2009: “We are not afraid, we are not afraid. We are all together.”

The unbridled anger of young women in particular is met with a disillusioned society. 2019 the Iranians are because of the skyrocketing gasoline prices went out into the street. Today, the economic situation of many people has become even more difficult due to the war in Ukraine.

Iran’s government under enormous pressure

Farsaneh (31, name changed), English teacher at a language school in Tehransaid in a conversation with our editors long before the latest wave of protests: “Our everyday life is shaped by the thought of how we can chase the mullahs from power.”

The government of Ebrahim Raisi has been under enormous pressure for months. According to official figures, only 37 percent of Iranians cast their ballots in the 2021 presidential election. Many Iranians stayed at home because they no longer expected anything from an election. Now demonstrators are demanding the overthrow of the Islamic regime in Iran and the separation of state and religion. The government cannot leave this unanswered.

Iranian government organized the counter-protest

According to the state media, thousands of people went on Friday government support on the street. State television showed them demonstrating in numerous cities after Friday prayers. According to the state news agency IRNA, they shouted “Death to America”, “Death to Israel” and “Our people are awake and hate troublemakers”. The government organized the protest in response to the unrest.

Firoozeh FarvardinIranian sociologist, who in Berlin about Iranian women’s movements researching, does not believe that the situation will calm down again any time soon. Especially in the big cities, the protests had reached the neighborhoods. This means that different social classes are involved. “In the neighborhood, it’s harder for the security forces to get the situation under control.”

From the beginning, this uprising was “about the whole system”. “If you want the abolition of the forced hijab demands, one automatically demands the fall of the Islamic Republic,” she tells our editorial team. She speaks of a historic moment of “Enough!”. (with afp)

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