Are We Witnessing Another Iranian Revolution?

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The 26th of October 2022 marked the 40th day and the end of the mourning period of Mahsa Amini. Mahsa died in a hospital in Tehran, Iran, under suspicious circumstances. The Guidance Patrol, the religious morality police of Iran’s government, arrested Amini for not wearing the hijab in accordance with government standards. The Law Enforcement Command of Islamic Republic of Iran stated that before transferring her to the hospital, she had a heart attack at a police station, collapsed, and fell into a coma. However, eyewitnesses, including women who were detained with Amini, reportedly said she was severely beaten, and that she died as a result of police brutality which was denied by Iranian authorities. These assertions, in addition to leaked medical scans, led independent observers to believe Amini had had a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke.

Mahsa Amini

The death of Amini caused a revolution-style protest action all over not only the country of Iran but the world. Many are describing the recent protests as those similar to 2009, 2017, and 2019. The powerful videos and imagery that have been uploaded that emphasize the power of the current protests show how some female demonstrators removed their hijab or publicly cut their hair as acts of protest.

Iranian women are cutting off their hair to protest against the death of Mahsa Amini

Iran has been under the control of a religious dictatorship called the Islamic Republic for 43 years now ever since 1979. They have been able to remain and stay in power by imprisoning and executing anyone and everyone who stands up to them and their extremely horrific policies.

Women are by law basically half of that of a man in worthiness. Women are forced to abide by strict dress codes and they are severely punished if they do not abide by these code, for example in the case of Masami, who even ended up dying for violating those exact dress codes

LGBTQIA+ people are executed because of their sexual orientation and expression in Iran. Female adulterers are stoned to death, however the male counterparts… nothing?

If a Woman that is Muslim converts to another religion they are set out to be executed. Women are not allowed to be singing and it is illegal for them to consume any kind of alcohol and there are many other horrific laws that are specifically targeted to demean, diminish and make Women, less than men.

Mahsa Amini’s murder was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the Iranian men and women, young and old, are in the streets chanting ‘down with the Islamic Republic,’ ‘death to the dictator’ and ‘woman life freedom’ and so on to tell the whole world that they want to overthrow this religious dictatorship and instead build a democratic secular government that believes in human rights.

Iranians are demanding a separation of mosque and state and need that echo to their fight for freedom to be shouted by everyone worldwide.

What can we do sitting in another country? First let’s demand that the United Nations secretary general António Guterres expel the Islamic Republic of Iran from the UN in accordance with chapter 2, article six of the UN charter for their persistence and violating the principles contained in the present charter.

António Guterres

Next, let’s demand FIFA president Gianni Infantino ban the Islamic Republic of Iran from the World Cup due to their brutality and belligerence towards Iranians.

Gianni Infantino

World organizations need to stand in solidarity with the people of Iran and tell this dictatorship we will not recognize you as a legitimate government since the people of Iran are amidst the revolution against you.

Next, stop using the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran which is a symbol of oppression violence, and murder for Iranians, and replace it with the true Iranian flag that was the flag of Iran for centuries before this dictatorship.

Lastly, comment, share, retweet, post, and use hashtags to make awareness of what has been happening in Iran noticeable. So many people in other countries might not even be aware of it. Remember social media algorithms tend to only show things to people, that they usually watch. By constantly showing it to others, they would be made aware more of what is happening and thus you can assist in visibility.

Assist with creating a new trend for Iran. The trend is “human rights everywhere.”


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