Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jhina (Her Kurdish surname) Mahsa Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran)
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CLICK HERE ON HOW TO READ ALL PARTS OF THIS SPECIAL DEDICATED TO JHINA MAHSA AMINI AND ALL OTHERS ASSASINATED BY IRAN'S DICTATORSHIP.
She was severly beaten by the 'morality
police' because she was not wearing her jihab the right way. A
final blow to her head caused her death. Now
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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.>
24 Sep 2022
By Jeddidaja Otto
<<'Something big is happening': the Iranians risking everything to protest.
The internet has been shut off in parts of Iran and access to plat-forms such as WhatsApp and Instagram blocked after seven days of protest in cities across Iran. The uprisings were sparked on 16 September by the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the morality police for wearing her hijab in an <improper> way. Iranian state television has said 17 people have died, though the number could be higher. Here, five Iranians share their experiences of the past few days, and tell us what they make of this latest protest movement.
'Men and women are protesting together this time'
<I don't dare to go out and join the protests as they are killing people, but my friends are joining and tell me all about it. I don't know whether this is the best way to achieve freedom and peace although I think that they may improve safety for women. Previous protests consisted mainly of men but this one is very different. Women started it and men are by their side. When the police force women to wear their hijab, men fight against the police. Most protesters are young, but older people support them too. <In Iran, women and girls have no rights, and this protest is about that. Here, two female witnesses in court count as much as one male. If a woman wants to visit her parents without her husband's permission, he can sue her. I cannot take my son to another city without my ex-husband's approval. <At school, I was punished often for not hiding my hair completely or for laughing too loudly. These protests are the sound of all these years. I think the younger generations cannot tolerate these humiliations any more.>
Farah, 37, a mother from Shiraz, southern Iran
'People attend protests with their mothers'
<I participated in protests at my university. Today, 100 basijis [a paramilitary volunteer militia] entered the university and arrested some students. My friend was arrested and he has to appear in court. He said he will protest again, even if this means he will be killed. This is how we are living. We don't know whether we will see our friends again. I'm afraid of losing mine. As social media is blocked now, people just gather and see what happens. It is both us men and women in the streets, but I think the women are far more brave. They take their hijabs off and protest. <My mother texted me and begged me to participate, but I joined the protests without telling my family. Since last night, many people are afraid of leaving the house, the streets are dangerous and unpredictable. It is many young people protesting, but it is older people too. Some go to protests with their mothers. <I'm studying hard to obtain a scholarship and so I can afford to leave for another country. Everyone I know wants to do the same. Even some of the basijis want to go! People don't want to stay here.>
Sobhan, 19, a student from Tehran
'There are lots of people fighting in the streets'
<Yazd is a small religious city and the number of protesters over the past few days was outnumbered by security forces. The government is using force to break people up, they beat them and even shoot them. <I haven't joined the protests yet as I am afraid. But in the coming days I may go outside. There are lots of people fighting in the streets, especially brave women and girls. The Islamic regime oppressed them for decades, but they are out there and fighting for their rights. I know lots of women who want to throw away their hijabs, I have a sister and female friends who feel this way. This is a women's revolution. <My parents are also in favour of the protests, but they fear speaking up, like lots of other people.>
Amin, 29, from Yazd, central Iran >>
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24 Sep 2022
<<The US Treasury Department on Friday issued guidance ex-panding the range of internet services available to Iranians despite US sanctions on the country, amid protests around Iran after the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody. Officials said the move would help Iranians access tools that can be used to circumvent state surveillance and censorship, but would not entirely prevent Tehran from using communications tools to stifle dissent, as it did by cutting off internet access for most citizens on Wednesday. <As courageous Iranians take to the streets to pro-test the death of Mahsa Amini, the United States is redoubling its support for the free flow of information to the Iranian people,> <With these changes, we are helping the Iranian people be better equipped to counter the government's efforts to surveil and censor them.> Deputy US Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said.>>
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23 Sep 2022
By Bahar Makooi
<<Mahsa Amini's death is 'straw that broke the camel's back' for Iran's defiant youth.
Already racked by an economic crisis, Iranians have been taking to the streets to express fury over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the <morality police>, despite a deadly crackdown. It is a case of longstanding anger boiling over amid intensifying repression since hardline President Ebrahim Raisi took power in 2021. One viral video on Twitter says it all about Iranian protesters' defiance of the <morality police>: a young woman throws her veil into a bonfire and dances.
Amini's death was <the straw that broke the camel's back>, said Azadeh Khan, a professor of political science and Iran specialist at the University of Paris VII Diderot. <Many of the young people taking part in these protests are unemployed; women are among those hardest hit by poverty. It's really like Iranians can't breathe at the moment. The economic crisis has hit them hard and they can't stand being ordered around.> Women are compelled to cover their hair in public in Iran, which as a Shiite theocratic state follows a strict interpretation of Sharia law. The morality police, officially known as the Gasht-e Ershad or <guidance patrol> are responsible for enforcing this dress code. But the law does not precisely define the <correct> way to wear the veil. So it is effectively defined by the authorities as they see fit. Iranian clerics and politicians ban women from wearing short coats above the knee, tight trousers and jeans with holes in them as well as brightly coloured clothing. Since its inception in the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Islamic Republic has <made the veil sacrosanct>, Kian pointed out. It was the first Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini who said <women's veils represent the blood of the martyrs>, Kian went on. <responding with amplifying repression>, Kian said.>>
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22 Sept 2022
Perspective|By: Alison Sargent
<<Iran protests: 'This time it's different. It's about women'.
The death in police custody of Mahsa Amini has sparked the biggest movement against Iran's religious restrictions on women since the 1979 revolution. Our Perspective guest is the Iranian journalist who first accused Iran's morality police of beating the 22-year-old Amini into a coma. Aida Ghajar investigated the story from Paris, where she's been living in exile since 2010. She says that Amini's family is now facing <pressure> to support the government's narrative that the young woman had pre-existing health conditions. Over the past decade, Ghajar has witnessed other Iranian protests from afar. <This time it's different. It's about women,> she told us.>>
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22 Sept 2022
<<Death toll climbs in Iran from protests over Mahsa Amini's death.
The official death toll from Iran's wave of popular unrest shot up Thursday to at least 17 as popular anger flares over the death in custody of the young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini. However, the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights said at least 31 civilians had been killed in a crackdown by the Iranian security forces in six nights of violence.
Iranians have taken to the streets <to achieve their fundamental rights and human dignity and the government is responding to their peaceful protest with bullets>, charged its director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam. Protesters could be heard shouting <death to the dictator> and <woman, life, freedom> in video footage shared online, during the biggest wave of protests to rock the country in almost three years. Among those killed in clashes have been police and militia officers, state TV reported, while overseas-based human rights groups reported many more deaths, which could not be independently verified. Security forces have fired at crowds with birdshot and metal pellets, and also deployed tear gas and water cannon, according to Amnesty International and other human rights groups. There were fears violence could escalate further after Iranian authorities restricted internet access and blocked messaging apps including WhatsApp and Instagram, as they have done before past crackdowns. Some women have burnt their scarves and symbolically cut their hair in protest at the strict dress code, in defiant actions echoed in solidarity protests abroad from New York to Istanbul.>>
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22 Sep 2022
By Weronika Strzyzynska and agencies
<<Iran blocks capital's internet access as Amini protests grow.
Iran has shut off the internet in parts of Tehran and Kurdistan, and blocked access to platforms such as Instagram and WhatsApp, in an attempt to curb a growing protest movement that has relied on social media to document dissent. The protests, which were sparked on 16 September after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in police custody, show no sign of subsiding. On Thursday, protesters torched police stations and vehicles in several cities. This comes as anti-regime demonstrations spilled into cyberspace, with videos of women burning their hijabs going viral. Other women have been posting emotional videos in which they cut their hair in protest under the hashtag #Mahsa_Amini. Mahsa Amini was detained on 16 September for allegedly wearing a hijab headscarf in an <improper> way. Activists said the woman, whose Kurdish first name is Jhina, had suffered a fatal blow to the head, a claim denied by officials, who have announced an investigation. Police continue to maintain that she died of natural causes, but her family suspect that she was subjected to beating and torture. In response to her death, the US placed Iran's morality police on its sanctions blacklist on Thursday. The US Treasury said the morality police were <responsible> for Amini's death as it announced the sanctions <for abuse and violence against Iranian women and the violation of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters>. Iranian state media reported that by Wednesday street rallies had spread to 15 cities, with police using teargas and making arrests to disperse crowds of up to 1,000 people. In southern Iran, video footage purportedly from Wednesday showed demonstrators setting fire to a gigantic picture on the side of a building of general Qassem Soleimani, the revered Revolutionary Guards commander, who was killed in a 2020 US strike in Iraq. Demonstrators hurled stones at security forces, set fire to police vehicles and bins and chanted anti-government slo-gans, the official Irna news agency said. On Thursday, Iranian media said three militiamen <mobilised to deal with rioters> were stabbed or shot dead in the north-western city of Tabriz, the central city of Qazvin and Mashhad in the north-east of the country. A fourth member of the security forces died in the southern city of Shiraz, Iranian news agencies reported, adding that a protester was stabbed to death in Qazvin, adding to six protester deaths already announced by officials. The Iranian authorities have denied any involvement in the deaths of Amnesty International said it had recorded the deaths of eight people, six men, one woman and a child with four shots by security forces at close range with metal pellets. The protests are among the most serious in Iran since November 2019 unrest over fuel price rises. <The internet shutdowns must be understood as an extension of the violence and repression that is happening in physical space,> said Azadeh Akbari, a researcher of cybersurveillance at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands. <Social media is existential to the mobilisation of protesters, not only to coordinate gatherings but also to amplify acts of resistance. You see a woman standing without her hijab in front of the anti-insurgency police, which is very courageous. If a video of this comes out, it is suddenly not just one person doing this, women in all the different cities are doing the same.>
'Women, life, freedom'
, the words which could be heard at Amini's funeral, have been repeated by protesters across the country, including in a video which shows young women burning their hijabs while male protesters fight off security forces. The video has received over 30,000 views on Twitter. In a different video, an Iranian woman sings a hymn to fallen youth as she cuts her hair with household scissors, which has amassed more than 60,000 views. <[The videos] are a hundred percent valuable,> one young Twitter user from Iran told the Guardian, adding that while the protests had not reached her home town, she had been able to participate in opposition activity online. <I am sad that my compatriots in other parts of Iran have come to the streets and are fighting against this regime for all our rights. And I can't do anything except share information online.> She added that videos showing police brutality towards protesters were motivating people in different cities to take action. <It is very difficult for the regime to control the videos coming out. Many people don't post them on social media, but circulate them within WhatsApp groups, etc. The demonstrations are happening simultaneously in cyberspace and in the physical space.> >>
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21 Sep 2022
By Maziar Motamed
<<'Anonymous' hacks Iran state websites after Mahsa Amini's death.
Tehran, Iran, several Iranian government and state affiliated media websites are down after a Twitter account linked to the <Anonymous> hacker collective claimed to have launched cyberattacks on them, aimed at supporting protests following the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old woman from the northwestern province of Kurdistan died in Tehran on Friday after suffering from a stroke and several heart attacks while in the custody of Irans so-called morality police for her <improper> hijab, according to authorities and state media. Iranian authorities have denied any allegations of mistreatment or beatings of Amini and said she had pre-existing conditions that contributed to her death, but her family has rejected the claims. A video released early on Wednesday showed footage of protests in several Iranian cities that have erupted since Amini's death. <This was the last straw,> the altered voice on the video, which claimed to be from Anonymous, said of Amini's death. <The Iranian people are not alone>. It appears the two main websites of the Iranian government were the main target of the attacks. One is the <smart services> website of the government, where a host of online services is offered, and another is aimed at publishing government news and interviews with officials. <All database has been deleted,> claimed a social media account believed to be affiliated with Anonymous. The Iranian government has yet to officially comment on the claims or the attacks. Several other websites, including the webpage of Iranian state television, were also attacked and were down for some time. The websites had gone down and been recovered several times on Wednesday morning, indicating a struggle between the hackers and website support.
Iranian state media also reported on Wednesday that protests over the death of Amini had spread to 15 cities in the country. The young woman's death has led to an outpouring of outrage in Iran and elsewhere, with videos showing women cutting their hair in protest over Iran's laws on the veiling of women.>>
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21 Sep 2022
<<Iran faces global criticism, protests over woman's death.
Iran faced international criticism on Tuesday over the death of a woman held by its morality police, which ignited three days of protests, including clashes with security forces in the capital and other unrest that claimed at least three lives.>>
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