To the women of Iran, always. One of the best commentaries about what “Zan, Zendegi, Azadi,” [Woman, Life, Liberty] mean, by @AliVelshi. He ends the segment with this message to the Iranian women: “You are not voiceless; we hear you, we see you.” A must watch!#MahsaAmini #مهسا_امینی #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/gnDyNAUjfV — Omid Memarian (@Omid_M) October 18, 2022
For this Iranian revolution. There are now over 274 000 000 (274 million) tweets on the Persian version of the Mahsa Amini hashtag. For context, since mid-2013, the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has accumulated 63 000 000 (63 million) tweets. #IranRevolution — Marc Owen Jones (@marcowenjones) October 12, 2022
A crucial economic sector for Iran. Oil workers in Iran went on strike in support of protests against the regime. Oil is a critical sector for Iran. This is a big deal. pic.twitter.com/8IJUM1paNK — Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) October 11, 2022 And the women’s protests have spread among schoolgirls as well. The courage this takes can not be overstated. The girls took over their school and are chanting "death to the dictator"❤️ #Iran pic.twitter.com/s9MX8Dbsll — Sofia Ukraini (@SlavaUk30722777) October 4, 2022 This report from The New Yorker is a good read. Iran’s Protests Are the First Counter-Revolution Led …Continue reading →
Authorities in Iran continue to crack down on the widespread protests that arose in the wake of Mahsa Amini’s death while she was in the custody of the morals police. We finally have an in-depth review of how the government has reacted to the protests, in the form of a well researched article on the evidence that the government’s response has been harsh and terrible. (WashPost gift link should get you past the paywall for a while). Tactics of repression: How Iran is trying to stop Mahsa Amini protests A visual forensics analysis shows authorities using indiscriminate force, making violent …Continue reading →
Reports (from MSNBC, no link) are that somewhere between 40 and 50 people have been killed in and around the Iranian protests. The protests are not disappearing, though, if anything they continue to spread. Internet outages continue, so information still comes slowly. The women have been forbidden to dance, but they dance anyway. I love these clips so much. This is what civil disobedience looks like in an Islamic Republic. #IranProtests #IranRevolution For 43 years women in #Iran have been forbidden to dance & sing in public or show their hair & they are saying enough. It’s really that simple. …Continue reading →
From Sept. 20, this is the first video I saw from the protests in Iran. Unprecedented scenes in Iran: woman sits on top of utility box and cuts her hair in main square in Kerman to protest death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the morality police. People clap their hands and chant “Death to the dictator.” #مهسا_امینی pic.twitter.com/2oyuKV80Ac — Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) September 20, 2022 A report from Arash Azizi at Newsweek: Iran’s Regime May Have Just Sparked a Revolution On Sept. 17, Mahsa’s funeral in her native Kurdistan province was accompanied by massive protests which soon spread …Continue reading →
As I return home, the world is in a state of turmoil in many places. I like to think that these uprisings against authoritarian regimes will continue and spread, but we know of course that such uprisings often get suppressed and the people who engage in them may end up dead or in prison. Which only highlights the incredible courage of those people who have taken to the streets this week in Russia and Iran. In many ways it’s easy for me to be an activist, though I’ve had moments in my life where I felt quite scared to speak …Continue reading →
Once again the people of Iran have taken to the streets in peaceful protest for their democratic rights. There are reports of people walking quietly all over the city, as well as in outlying cities such as Shiraz. Some reports of gunfire, but it’s not entirely clear what is going on. Best wishes to them.
Though the brutal crackdown in Iran has stopped the large demonstrations and slowed the flow of information from the country, the people have not stopped demanding their rights. They pray that we do not forget them, and ask that you download the .PDF file at Support Democracy in Iran, and spread them around. Put one on your door, post them at local businesses, share with your friends! I know it doesn’t seem like much, but it is one simple thing they have asked us to do. Don’t let the people of Iran and their struggle vanish from sight.