The protests in Iran have been going on for more than a month. The spark was when 22-year-old Mahsa Jina Amini died after being arrested by Iran’s moral police. She has become a symbol that has caused schoolgirls and elderly women to take to the streets. Several other young women have also died in connection with the demonstrations. Among them is 16-year-old Nika Shakarami, who appeared on film when she burned her shawl at a demonstration in Tehran, a moment later she wrote to a friend that she was being chased by the police. When Nika Shakaramani’s body was found, it bore signs of violence, but police claim she fell from a tall building. But despite the fact that several young women have been arrested, beaten or shot dead, others continue to protest. Hear why women have had enough and how the headscarf requirement is only part of a larger systematic oppression of women’s rights. Some call what is happening now a feminist revolution. Among those who protested are also young men and boys. One of the protesters killed is 12-year-old Mohammad Rakhshani, who, according to the British BBC, is believed to be the youngest person to have died in connection with the protests. The lists of dead in demonstrations include a number of girls and boys who are only teenagers or children.
Violent response from security forces in Iran
Footage from inside Iran shows police brutally arresting protesters and shooting at people protesting. Dramatic images have been released this weekend from a fire in the infamous Evin prison where political prisoners are kept locked up and where there are countless testimonies of torture. While the fire was going on, explosions and gunfire were heard and relatives were not allowed to reach the prison. Human rights organizations describe how security forces have fired indiscriminately, for example, in the city of Sanandaj. From other parts of Iranian Kurdistan, footage has been released showing security forces firing at fleeing people with an automatic weapon mounted on a pickup truck.
Hear the story of women, teenagers and children who risk their lives and continue to protest in Iran.
Cast: Fataneh Farahaniprofessor of ethnology, Cecilia Uddén and Johan Mathias SommarströmMiddle East Correspondents
Program manager: Olle Wiberg
Introduction: Johar Bendjelloul
Producer: Katja Magnusson
Technician: Alma Segeholm
Source: ICELAND NEWS