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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.>
7 Oct 2022
Supported by The Guardian
By Deepa Parent and Annie Kelly
<<Another teenage girl dead at hands of Iran's security forces, reports claim.
Reports are emerging of the death of another teenage girl at the hands of security forces in Iran, as protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini looked set to enter their third week. Sarina Esmailzadeh, a 16-year-old who posted popular vlogs on YouTube, was killed when the security forces beat her with batons at a protest in Gohardasht in Alborz province on 23 September, according to Amnesty International.
Citing a primary source, a statement by Amnesty International also claimed that Esmailzadeh's family had been subjected to <intense harassment to coerce them into silence>, claims denied by Iranian officials. Today, as news of Esmailzadeh's death spread on social media, Iran's Isna news agency reported that the chief justice of Alborz province said that a preliminary investigation had shown the teenager's death was suicide after she jumped from the roof of a five-storey building, and that Esmailzadeh had a history of mental health problems. Esmailzadeh's YouTube videos, which have gone viral on social media networks, show her listening to music, dancing and talking about her dreams of travelling. In one widely shared video, Esmailzadeh is seen singing along to Hozier's Take Me to Church while driving with her family. In others, she talks about women's rights, including her rejection of the mandatory hijab, and her anger about the economic situation in Iran. In private message groups, schoolgirls across Iran said they were planning protests at the weekend to show solidarity with Esmailzadeh and Nika Shakarami, the 17-year-old schoolgirl who went missing on 20 September and was also allegedly tortured and killed by Iran's security forces.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: Whatever the Iranian officials declare I'm and I'm sure thousands of protestants are not buying it. So I'll only partly quote from the article below because whatever the officials declare it is only because of fearing that the truth will persevere:
France 24 | AFP
7 Oct 2022
<<Iran says Mahsa Amini died of illness, not 'blows' after arrest.
Amini's bereaved parents have filed a complaint against the officers involved, and one of her cousins living in Iraq has told AFP she died of <a violent blow to the head>. Other young girls have lost their lives at the protests, but Amnesty International says Iran has been forcing televised confessions out of their families to <absolve themselves of responsibility for their deaths>.
The mother of 16-year-old Nika Shahkarami, who died after going missing on September 20, insisted on Thursday she was killed by the state after joining an anti-hijab protest in Tehran. Nasrin Shahkarami also accused the authorities of threatening her to make a forced confession over the death of her 16-year-old daughter Nika. <I saw my daughter's body myself. The back of her head showed she had suffered a very severe blow as her skull had caved in. That's how she was killed,> she said in a video posted online by Radio Farda, a US-funded Persian station based in Prague. Iran has since denied reports its security forces killed another teenage girl, Sarina Esmailzadeh, at a rally in Karaj, west of Tehran. Its website quoted a prosecutor as saying an investigation showed Esmailzadeh, 16, had <committed suicide> by jumping from a building. In a widening crackdown, Iran has blocked access to social media, including Instagram and WhatsApp and security forces have rounded up high profile supporters of the movement, including journalists and pop stars. Protesters have sought ways to avoid detection, with schoolgirls hiding their faces while shouting <Death to the dictator> and defacing images of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in verified videos. Other footage has shown people chanting the protest catchcry <Woman, Life, Freedom> from their apartment windows under the cover of night. Another form of protest emerged on Friday morning, with fountains in Tehran appearing to pour blood after an artist turned their waters red to reflect the bloody crackdown.
Amnesty International has verified the deaths of 52 people killed by Iran's security forces, but says it believes the <real death toll is far higher>. In a statement issued a week ago, it said Iran was inten-tionally using lethal force to crush the women-led protests. It said it had obtained a leaked document issued to armed forces commanders in all provinces on September 21 ordering them to <severely confront> protesters. Another leaked document showed the comman-der in Mazandaran province told forces to <confront mercilessly, going as far as causing deaths, any unrest by rioters and anti-revolutionaries>. >>
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6 Oct 2022
<<Iran woman accuses state of killing daughter at Mahsa Amini protest.
Paris (AFP) - The mother of an Iranian teen who died after joining protests over Mahsa Amini's death accused the authorities of mur-dering her, in a video sent Thursday to foreign-based opposition media. Nasrin Shahkarami also accused the authorities of threa-tening her to make a forced confession over the death of 16-year-old Nika, who went missing on September 20 after heading out to join an anti-hijab protest in Tehran. Protests erupted across Iran over the death of Amini, a 22-year-old Kurd, after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly breaching the Islamic republic's strict dress code for women. A crackdown by the security forces on the women-led protests has claimed dozens of lives, according to human rights groups. After Nika Shahkarami's death, her family had been due to bury her in the western city of Khorramabad on what would have been her 17th birthday, her aunt Atash Shahkarami wrote on social media. But Persian-language media outside Iran have reported that the girl's family were not allowed to lay her to rest in her home-town, and that her aunt and uncle were later arrested. The aunt later appeared on television saying Nika Shahkarami had been <thrown> from a multi-storey building. But her sister said <they forced her to make these confessions and broadcast them>, in the video posted online Thursday by Radio Farda, a US-funded Persian station based in Prague. <We expected them to say whatever they wanted to exonerate themselves... and they have in fact implicated themselves,> said Nasrin Shahkarami. <I probably don't need to try that hard to prove they're lying... my daughter was killed in the protests on the same day that she disappeared.>
'Forced televised confessions'
The mother said a forensic report found that she had been <killed on that date, and due to repeated blunt force trauma to the head. I saw my daughter's body myself. The back of her head showed she had suffered a very severe blow as her skull had caved in. That's how she was killed.> Nasrin Shahkarami said the authorities had tried to call her several times but she has refused to answer. <But they have called others, my uncles, others, saying that if Nika's mother does not come forward and say the things we want, basically confess to the scenario that we want and have created, then we will do this and that, and threatened me.> Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR) on Thursday said it held the Islamic republic responsible for Nika Shahkarami's death. <Contradictory claims by the Islamic republic about Nika Shakarami's cause of death based on grainy edited footage and her relatives' forced televised confessions under duress are unacceptable,> it said. IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam called for an independent investigation.>>
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5 Oct 2022
By Emma Graham-Harrison
<<Iran to investigate death of schoolgirl in early days of protests.
Iranian prosecutors have opened an investigation into the death of a teenage girl during the early days of protests in Tehran, who has become an icon for the anti-government movement. The popular uprising against Iran's theocratic rulers was sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd detained for allegedly violating the country's laws on clothing, and has largely been led by women. Universities have been a battleground for days, and on Wednesday riot police were deployed around campuses in several cities including Tehran, Reuters reported, citing witnesses.
<There are lots of security forces around Tehran University. I am even scared to leave the campus. Lots of police vans are waiting outside to arrest students,> said one student in the capital.
This week high school students have also taken an increasingly prominent role. They have attacked symbols of the ruling regime, including portraits of prominent clerics, taken off their headscarves and documented their fight against decades-old restrictions in videos and photos. Schoolgirls were part of street protests in 1979 against the new Islamic government's compulsory hijab ruling under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Defiance has spread rapidly, despite more than 1,500 arrests and a bloody government crackdown in which dozens of people have been killed and hundreds more injured.
Video shared online on Wednesday appeared to show one group of students chanting <death to Khamenei>. Other schoolgirls shouted <get lost> at a member of a volunteer government paramilitary force who had been brought in to speak to them. The death of Nika Shakrami, who would have turned 17 at the weekend, has become a focus for online activists who say she was killed during the first days of protests, in late September. After she went missing, her family spent several days searching for her before she was confirmed dead.
The government has responded to growing public outrage by laun-ching an investigation. Officials told state media there were no bul-let wounds in teenager's body, her death was not linked to protests and she had fallen from a roof. <A case has been filed in the criminal court to investigate the cause of Nika Shakrami's death,> the Tehran public prosecutor Ali Salehi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency late on Tuesday. <An order to investigate the case has been issued.> Another state news agency, Tasnim, said eight people had been arrested in connection with the death.
The government has intensified efforts to stamp out the protests as they spread around the country and across ethnic and class divides. Authorities claimed the leaderless movement has been fomented by foreign agents.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: It's more than obvious that the 'state' i.e. khamenei are feeling like rats driven into a corner. It are signs of despair and losing ground.
5 Oct 2022
Supported by The Guardian
By Emma Graham-Harrison and Maryam Foumani
High school girls have become the latest Iranians to join anti-government protests in large numbers, as the country mourned a teenager killed in the first days of protests. Nika Shahkarami, who lived in Tehran and would have turned 17 on Sunday, vanished in September. Her family found her body in a detention centre's morgue 10 days later, BBC Persian reported. On Tuesday, President Ebrahim Raisi called for unity against the protests even as they continued to grow, bringing together Iranians across ethnic and class divides, despite the government crackdown. He repeated the official government line that the protest movement was driven by foreign provocateurs but did acknowledge Iranians were angry about the <shortcomings> of the Islamic Republic. However public fury is so widespread that even one hardline daily newspaper openly challenged the authorities, accusing them of being in denial about their own failings and unpopularity. <Neither foreign enemies nor domestic opposition can take cities into a state of riot without a background of discontent,> an editorial in the Jomhuri Eslami said. <The denial of this fact will not help.> The demonstrations have lasted nearly two weeks, and represent the most serious popular challenge to Iran's elderly theocratic leaders in over a decade. And unlike past protest movements, they have been led by women. They were initially sparked by the death in custody of a young Kurdish woman who had been detained by morality police, and the name of Mahsa Amini has become a digital rallying cry for supporters. But the protests have expanded into a broader call for change, from a population frustrated by political controls and economic isolation and stagnation. Security forces have responded with live ammunition and brutal violence, killing over 50 people already and arresting over 1,500. But Iranians have continued to come out into the streets, and in their homes, schools and offices attack or remove pictures of the two supreme leaders who have ruled since the revolution - Ayatollah Khomeini and now Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In one video from a classroom a girl replaced an image of the pair with the slogan of the protest movement, footage shared on social media showed. In another image, a group of teenagers photographed themselves making obscene gestures towards the two men. The protesters have adopted a rallying cry that originated with Kurdish female fighters: <Women. Life. Freedom>. In videos from across Iran, women are walking and dancing in the streets without their hair covered, and burning their scarves. Where people are not able to march, they have organised indoor protests and evaded a government internet crackdown to upload videos and photos.
On Monday students protested against mass arrests in Tehran, with a demonstration in the conservative city of Mashhad, whe-re they suggested so many of their number had been detained that the country's most infamous prison looked more like a campus. <Sharif University has become a jail! Evin prison has become a university,> they shouted. Sharif University became a battleground at the weekend, with students besieged by security forces using teargas and many were arrested. Schoolgirls marched in the streets without their hijabs, shouting <Women. Life. Freedom> in the city of Karaj, west of the capital, and in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, according to widely shared footage.>>
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5 Oct 2022
By Patrick Wintour | Diplomatic editor |Analysis
<<Are the protests in Iran just doomed to flare and then be crushed?
<This is not a protest anymore. This is the start of a revolution,> chanted a group of students outside the science department of Mashhad University, as the unprecedented protests in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini continued into their 18th day on Monday. That assessment, at least until recently, was not shared by Washington or European capitals. Expressions of support have been issued by the White House, some sanctions imposed and vague promises to loosen the Iranian regime's blockade of the internet made. But overall the Biden administration has assessed this uprising as doomed to flare and then be crushed under the boots of the Revolutionary Guards. That after all is the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The baton, censorship and the police cell has a long and successful track record of violently quelling dissent. Overseen by the 83-year-old supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Middle East's longest serving ruler, it seems implausible that Iran's deeply entrenched conservative leadership would abandon its normal instinct for a security response. It has worked in the past. In July 1999, demonstrations by University of Tehran students sparked by the closure of a reformist newspaper linked to the then president, Mohammad Khatami, turned the capital into a battlefield. The security services went through the dormitories picking up ringleaders, and after six days, the protests were crushed. Many of the students remained in jail for up to six years and their demands for a free press and less screening of parliamentary candidates were ignored. The women's rights protests of 2005 and 2006, including the One Million Signatures campaign in support of legal equality, even-tually foundered after more than 50 of its members were arrested and many left for exile, worn down by state harassment. Again, in 2009, after the apparent rigging of a presidential election result, the Green movement spontaneously took to the streets, three-million strong, under the slogan <where is my vote?>. The confrontation was symbolised by the death of 26-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan, an aspiring musician, who was shot by a sniper as she stood at the edge of a protest. A mobile phone video that captured her dying on the pavement circulated the world in much the same way as the picture of Amini on a hospital bed. It took the state six months, but the protests became more sporadic as they were crushed through mass arrests, show trials and the killing of scores of middle-class demonstrators. In forced confessions on TV, the protesters had to admit they had been in league with the US.
In 2019, the security services shot dead as many as 1,500 people when downtrodden working-class Iranians protested after the sudden tripling in petrol prices. So if the past is a tutor, it is easy to write the obituary of this round of protests. The arrests have already started, including of influential jour-nalists such as the comment editor of Shargh newspaper and the reporter that first broke the story of Amini's custody. The scale of the crackdown is disputed, but it is reported that in Zahedan in Sistan and Baluchestan province as many as 57 have died after protests over the police rape of a girl while in northern Iraq camps Tehran said hosted Kurdish opposition groups were indisputably strafed by its drones. The fact that official sources say 400 students in the Greater Tehran area alone have been released after questioning shows the scale of the round-up. Khamenei used the old playbook to claim the riots were being created by familiar villains, the US and Israel. The UK ambassador to Tehran was also summoned, accused of fermenting the protest. Every effort is being made in the media to separate the protesters from a legitimate concern about the death of Amini, portraying them as either western agents or intoxicated by the internet. The interior minister has criticised the protest slogan <woman, life and freedom>, derived from Kurdish liberation movements, saying those chanting it seem to see freedom in the nakedness and shamelessness of women.>>
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And opinion by Gino d'Artali: Read my words: this time you'll win Kurdish and Iranian women and men!!
5 Oct 2022
<<Iran unprecedented protests spreading as high schoolers join movement.
Iranian schoolgirls have come to the fore in protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, removing their hijabs and staging sporadic rallies in defiance of a lethal crackdown by the security forces. FRANCE 24's Observer Ershad Alijani tells us more.>>
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5 Oct 2022
<<French actresses cut hair in solidarity with protesting Iranian women.
Leading French actresses including Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert have cut locks of hair in public displays of protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, the young Iranian woman who died in police custody, and in solidarity with protesting Iranian women. In a video clip posted on Instagram, Binoche proclaimed, <for freedom,> in English before snipped off a handful of her hair and holding it up to the camera. Binoche was joined by other leading French actresses and singers; including Marion Cotillard and Isabelle Adjani in cutting their hair, with an audio track playing a Persian rendition of Italian protest song <Bella ciao>. It came a day after more than 1,000 French film professionals, including actor Lea Seydoux and Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux, signed a petition <supporting the revolt by women in Iran>.
Women removing their headscarves and cutting their hair has been a key image of the protests in Iran that broke out last month. They were sparked by the death of Amini, following her arrest by Iran's <morality police> who enforce Iran's strict dress code that requires women to cover their hair in public. <The Iranian people, with women in front, are risking their lives to protest. These people want only the most basic freedoms. These women, these men, deserve our support,> said a message accompanying the video on Instagram. The post has been widely relayed on other social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
'Only a first step'
Iran's clerical rulers have been grappling with the biggest na-tionwide unrest in years since Amini's death and protests have spread abroad including London, Paris, Rome and Madrid in solidarity with Iranian demonstrators. Protesting Iranian women deserve the support of the international community, said French lawyer Richard Sedillot, who initiated the action. <When you feel alone, it's very, very important to know that you have support abroad,> said Sedillot in an interview with FRANCE 24. <When everything is so difficult in your own country, you hope that people abroad are with you.> >>
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and Reuters)
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