The Iranian protests

This article will be about the Iranian protests, i.e. what the German news reports. We gave a lecture about this at school and that’s why we dealt with the topic a lot.

In September of this year, nationwide protests erupted in Iran. The trigger for this was the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She was arrested and mistreated by the morality police on September 13 because she apparently did not wear her headscarf properly. 3 days later she was dead.                                                                                                                                           

The theocratic mullah regime in Iran is based on Islamic beliefs, where equal rights for women are rejected by the leadership. The women there experience significant restrictions in their choice of profession and there is a strict dress code. You must wear a headscarf to cover your hair and wear a coat to cover the female form. In marriage, rape and domestic violence against the woman is allowed. When women wear lipstick in public, they are considered prostitutes. Then they are given a cloth to remove the lipstick and in these cloths razor blades are hidden, with which they can seriously injure themselves.                                                                                                           

The protests are directed against the regime and against the dictated living conditions. Social inequality, killing & violent crackdown triggered earlier democracy movements. As a sign of solidarity, women take off their headscarves and burn them in public, and they cut off their hair. The reaction of the police is to beat up the people and impose the death penalty on the demonstrators. Even 3 months after the beginning of the protests, the women there are still fighting for normal human rights. In Germany, the focus is on supporting the people in Iran by raising awareness through the media. Only in this way can the protesters manage to change the regime and create equality.

Article from Nele & Lisa

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