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(Women, life, freedom) revolution!
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CHAPTER 4 OF THE IRANIAN
WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
9 - 11 November 2022
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4 November-28 October
When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Note by Gino d'Artali: The Zan, zendagi, azadi!> (Women, life,
freedom) has just started and will only then end when khamenei and his
puppets i.e. the morality police and the basijis give way or get lost!!
So Chapter 4 is where the protests continue and I'll continue to inform you about it. That's my pledge.
16 Nov 2022
By Safy Bugel
<<'Woman, life, freedom!': British concert shows solidarity with women in Iran amid rising death toll.
<The situation in Iran is like nothing we've ever seen before,> says Hesam Garshasbi, a music journalist, promoter and activist who moved from Tehran to London during the 2020 uprising. Over the last nine weeks, protests have erupted in Iran following the death of the 22-year-old Mahsa Amina in police custody for allegedly breaching strict dress rules for women. Unlike previous movements, demon-strations have taken place nationwide, with people from a range of social classes and age groups taking to the streets to defend the freedom of women and girls. School girls have removed their hijabs in public and university students in northern Iran have reportedly removed law-enforced gender segregation barriers in their cafeteria. Meanwhile, <Women, life, freedom> has been chanted in the face of violence, arrests and a rising death toll. This evening, a lineup of artists, poets and activists will perform at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall to shed light on the ongoing events and to show solidarity with women in Iran. Lianne La Havas, Kelsey Lu and the London Contemporary Orchestra will be joined by musicians with connections to Iran and the diaspora, including Faramarz Aslani, Lafawndah and Golnar Shahyar. <We are facing lots of anxiety right now,> says Garshasbi, who co-organised the London event alongside fellow promoter Adib Rostami. <Being together as a community helps: seeing each other, talking with each other, singing with each other. This concert will gather the Iranian community with non-Iranian friends who have sympathy with the matter. It helps them to be heard.> Using performance as a tool for pushing change made sense to Garshasbi, whose relationship to his motherland has always been connected to music and resistance. With genres such as rock, rap and EDM banned, he has organised unofficial underground music competitions to celebrate the sounds forbidden in Tehran. But the importance of music is shared by Iranian people, he says: <Music is unifying, uplifting and healing. Its value is critical to most cultures, but for Iranians it's also loaded with huge amounts of symbolism and meaning, because it's been so heavily restricted by the Islamic republic for so many years. So for us, just playing music or holding an instrument can feel like an act of resistance.> As well as the ban on certain genres and styles of music, women are prohibited from sin-ging in public in Iran. <This concert is a chance for these women to be heard, because they never had this kind of platform back there,> he continues. <Of course, we would not be able to organise this kind of thing in Iran. But here, it's a possibility.> Composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Shahyar had to leave her native Iran seven years ago in order to safely pursue her career in music. Now based in Vienna, she still delivers her songs in farsi and explores political and social themes, including women's rights and her own experiences.>>
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15 Nov 2022
Text by France 24
<<Protesters take to the streets across Iran to mark deadly 2019 crackdown. Iranians took to the streets again on Tuesday after organisers of protests over Mahsa Amini's death called for demon-strations to mark three years since a lethal crackdown on unrest sparked by a fuel price hike. The call to commemorate those slain in the 2019 crackdown gave new momentum to the protests that erupted following the death of 22-year-old Amini on September 16, after her arrest for allegedly flouting the strict dress code for women.
In Tehran, the din of honking car horns reverberated as protesters blocked a major roundabout at Sanat Square and yelled <Freedom, freedom>, according to online videos verified by AFP. Shops were shuttered in Tehran's famed Grand Bazaar and its neighbourhood of Tehranpars. Iran's Mehr news agency reported that most of the bazaar's shops were closed or closing, but quoted one merchant as saying they had shut after people who chanted slogans <threatened to burn our stores>. People later poured onto the streets of other cities, including Bandar Abbas and Shiraz, where women were seen peacefully waving their headscarves above their heads. The UN Human Rights Office on Tuesday called on Iran to immediately relea-se thousands of people arrested for taking part in peaceful demon-strations and said one protester had already been sentenced to death. Spokesman Jeremy Laurence of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was calling for all charges to be dropped against the demonstrators and cautioned that Iran can only mete out the death penalty for the <most serious crimes> under international law amid concerns that some protesters could be facing capital punishment. <We urge the authorities to immediately release all those detained in connection to peaceful protests, and to drop the charges against them,> Laurence told reporters in Geneva.
<Human rights law protects the rights of people to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression.> Laurence said more than 1,000 indictments had been issued against those arrested in con-nection with protests in Tehran province alone. <Instead of opening space for dialogue on legitimate grievances, the authorities are responding to unprecedented protests with increasing harshness,> he said.>>
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and AP)
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14 Nov 2022
Text and video by Catherine Viette
<<Iran says issues first death sentence over protests.
Iran on Sunday issued its first death sentence over the protests that have shaken the country's clerical leadership, the judiciary said, with a rights group warning other convicts risked being <hastily> exe-cuted. The almost two months of protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested by the morality police, have prompted authorities to unleash a crackdown that has seen thousands detained. FRANCE 24's Catherine Viette explains.>>
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13 Nov 2022
<<Iran charges more than 750 over 'riots', issues first death sentence.
Iran on Sunday issued its first death sentence linked to participation in <riots>, amid nationwide protests since the death of Mahsa Amini, the judiciary's Mizan Online website said. The accused was sentenced in a Tehran court to death for the crime of <setting fire to a government building, disturbing public order, assembly and con-spiracy to commit a crime against national security, and an enemy of God and corruption on earth>, one of the most serious offences under Iranian law, Mizan Online reported. Another court in Tehran sentenced five others to prison terms of between five to 10 years for <gathering and conspiring to commit crimes against national security and disturbing public order>. All those convicted can appeal their sentence, Mizan added. Dozens of people, mainly demonstrators but also security personnel, have been killed during the protests, which the authorities have branded as <riots>. Earlier on Sunday, the judiciary said it had charged more than 750 people in three provinces for involvement in such incidents. More than 2,000 people had alrea-dy been charged, nearly half of them in the capital Tehran, since the demonstrations began in mid-September, according to judiciary figures. Judicial chief for the southern province of Hormozgan, Mojtaba Ghahremani, said 164 people had been charged <after the recent riots>, Mizan Online ealier said. They face accusations inclu-ding <incitement to killing>, <harming security forces>, <propagan-da against the regime> and <damaging public property>, the web-site said, adding that their trials would begin <from Thursday in the presence of their lawyers>. Another 276 people were charged in the central province of Markazi, its judiciary chief Abdol-Mehdi Mousavi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. However, 100 young people were released after signing pledges not to participate in any future <riots>, IRNA said. In central Isfahan province, judicial chief Asadollah Jafari said 316 cases had been filed in connection with the recent strife. Twelve have already gone to trial, the Tasnim news agency reported him as saying late Saturday. >>
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12 Nov 2022
Text by News Wires
<<France says two more French citizens being held in Iran, bringing total to seven.
Two more French citizens have been detained in Iran, bringing to seven the number of people from France held in the protest-wracked country, Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said Saturday. <We are worried about two other compatriots and the last verifications show they are also detained,> she told daily newspaper Le Parisien. Last month, Colonna said five were being held in Iran. <It is more im-portant than ever to remind Iran of its international obligations. If its aim is blackmail, then it cannot work,> she said. <We demand their immediate release, access to consular protection. My Iranian counterpart, with whom I had a long a difficult conversation, has committed to respecting this right of access. I expect it to be realised.> The identity of the two new detainees was not immediately clear. The others held include French-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, arrested in June 2019 and later sentenced to five years in prison for undermining national security, allegations her family has strongly denied. Another, Benjamin Briere, was arrested in May 2020 and later sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison for espionage, charges he rejects. French teachers' union official Cecile Kohler and her partner Jacques Paris were also de-tained in May this year, accused of seeking to stir labour unrest during teachers' strikes. There is also a <Frenchman who was passing through> Tehran, France has said. The French government last month advised its citizens visiting Iran to <leave the country as soon as possible>.>>
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12 Nov 2022
The Interview | By Kim Willsher
<<Iranian activist Masih Alinejad: 'It's the start of the end for the Islamic Republic.
The first thing to notice about Masih Alinejad is her hair: a mass of corkscrew curls sometimes worn loose like a radiant halo, occasio-nally pinned up, almost always with a flower pinned above her left ear. This is not a gratuitous comment on her appearance, but at the heart of a battle that brought her to Paris this week to speak to President Emmanuel Macron. Alinejad is the international face and voice of angry women in Iran who are being beaten, jailed and even killed for throwing off their compulsory headscarves and showing their hair. Today in Paris, she has a very clear message for the French president and other western leaders: stop shaking hands with Iranian clerics, stop dealing with Iran. <I want to ask President Macron if he wants to stand with those who are actually killing people, taking hostages, oppressing people and trying to suppress a peaceful revolution, or does he want to stand on the right side of history?> she says. <I want him to stop negotiating with the Islamic Republic, until the day the regime stops killing people. I want him to recall his ambassadors, to call his allies and ask them to all dow-grade their diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic, to kick out all their diplomats and put the Islamic Revolutionary Guards on the terrorist list. <I'm not asking the leaders of democratic countries to come and save us. I don't want them to save us, I want them to stop saving the Islamic Republic. <This ongoing uprising is just the beginning of the end for the Islamic Republic. This is the 21st century and it's not acceptable for that government to kill children or teenagers or schoolgirls for dancing, for showing their hair, for sin-ging or for wanting to have a normal life.> There are more than 42 million women in Iran who have been forced to cover their heads in public since the 1979 revolution that toppled the Shah. The current wave of protests against the Tehran regime erupted in September after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died at the hands of Iran's morality police force, which is notorious for the brutal enfor-cement of the obligatory hijab law. Since then, Iranian girls and women have taken to the streets with the slogan <women, life, liberty>, in open defiance of the mullahs running Iran. They have burned headscarves, cut their hair - forbidden by some Islamic authorities - challenged armed security forces and posted videos on social media. Now in its eighth week despite a bloody crackdown, the <women's revolution> shows no sign of going away. About 14,000 protesters have been arrested, of whom 1,000 have been charged with crimes, some punishable by death. Javaid Rehman, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, told the UN security council last month the security forces had killed at least 277 people. Alinejad, 45, a journalist and activist, is a thorn in the side of the Iranian regime, those she calls <ignorant clerics> who accuse her of being a foreign agent and have warned that anyone sending her videos of protests - which she relays on social media - will be jailed.>>
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Note from Gino d'Artali: And it's really more than worth your time because she's a in my words and opinion a dictator's regime breaker!
8 Nov 2022
By Patrick Wintour
<<Iranian leaders resist growing demands for referendum on constitution.
The Iranian leadership is resisting growing demands from clerics and some reformist politicians to stage a new referendum on Iran's con-stitution as hardline parliamentarians meanwhile insist the only res-ponse to the recent unrest sweeping the country is for violent pro-testers to be executed. The power struggle among the country's rulers appears to leave the government sending out mixed messages on how to respond to the protests, but in practice the security forces have gone ahead with a severe crackdown and arrested nearly 10,000 people, including 60 journalists. But some senior members of Iran's multi-faceted administration have in recent days gone on to university campuses in a bid to open a dialogue with the protesting students, or to blame the country's problems on the previous administration led by President Hassan Rouhani. Ministers are facing demands to release the hundreds of students and teachers still detained. Students were outraged when on Sunday 220 hardline Iranian lawmakers urged the judiciary to deal decisively with perpetrators of unrest, a wording that was taken to mean executions. Faced by a backlash the spokesperson for the parliament said on Tuesday the call had been misinterpreted by western media and a distinction had been drawn between protests and riots, adding no appeasement was possible for those that had killed others. Iran's spokesperson for the judiciary, Masoud Setayeshi, said at a news conference in Tehran that cases had been filed against 1,024 pro-testers in Tehran. In a largely leaderless revolution, clerics and some students are making demands that the regime try to resolve the cri-sis by holding an immediate referendum with the presence of inter-national observers. The original Iranian revolution in 1979 was endorsed by a simple referendum in which all Iranians aged over 16 were asked: <Should Iran be an Islamic Republic?> The call for a new referendum was first made by Iran's leading Sunni cleric Molavi Abdulhamid, who is based in the south-eastern city of Zahedan. <Hold a referendum and see what changes people want and accept whatever the wishes of the people. The current policies have reached a dead end,> he said.>>
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