It has been more than 40 days since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was beaten to death in the custody of the brutal Iranian police for not wearing the mandatory Muslim headscarf.
At least 250 people have been killed in the riots since Amini’s death, including 27 children, according to Javaid Rehman, a UN human rights representative in Iran.
The United States announced sanctions against 14 individuals and multiple entities, including six government officials responsible for the violence against Iranian activists. But Iranian activists like journalist Masih Alinejad, who is in the United States and facing threats against her life, say the Biden administration can do much more.
“The whole world ignored it for eight years. They were like, ‘You know, this is part of your culture. We don’t want to touch it.’ It’s sad to me, it’s extremely sad that it wasn’t necessary for Mahsa Amini to be killed for the whole world to understand that this is important, “Alinejad told Fox News.
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“These are the Rosa Parks of Iran. They are like suffragist women … This is just the beginning. Iranian women are furious and, by burning their veils, taking to the streets in large numbers all over Iran, they are sending a message to the rest of the world that this is a revolution not only against compulsory hijab, it is against the gender apartheid regime. “
A bipartisan group of US lawmakers sent a letter on Friday to tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Apple, urging them to expand communications services in Iran. Activists say this is how the Biden administration can help, with technology like Starlink so protesters can communicate.
Video from cities in southeastern Iran showed Iranian security forces shooting protesters on Friday as they shouted “Death to Khamenei”, Iran’s supreme leader. At least two were killed.
Alinejad, who has 8 million followers on social media and 24-hour security in the United States due to threats from the Iranian regime, says this is different from the Green Revolution in 2009 which was repressed.
“This is different because this is the first time in history that women across Iran have burned their veils. It means we have had enough. We want to end this barbaric regime,” she said. “That is why I have always said that mandatory hijab is like the Berlin wall. If we are successful, we could tear down this wall. The Islamic Republic will not exist.”
The students of the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences waved their veils in the air chanting “freedom, freedom, freedom” to celebrate the 40th day of mourning after Amini was reportedly killed by the brutal Iranian police for showing her hair.
In Amini’s hometown, tens of thousands of people ignored government threats and roadblocks this week and came in mourning.
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The Iranian Diaspora Collective, a non-partisan multireligious group, bought a billboard in Times Square with the image of Mahsa Amini and three women in silhouette holding the veil and the words “Woman Life Freedom”, a message they want on the billboards advertising in cities around the world the United States to highlight what they say is the revolution taking place in Iran. They raised more than $ 420,000 through a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for more billboards.
Alinejad began posting videos of women taking off their veils in 2014 on a Facebook feed called “My Stealthy Freedom”. She says she first realized how oppressive the Iranian regime was when she was 7 when her parents were preparing her for school and trying to tame her curly hair. It was then that she realized that her hair was controlled by the government.
“I remember when I had to go to school, I had to cover it – like big hair, huge hair. It wasn’t easy. My mom held me and my dad was just, you know, cutting in, like, take some of the hair out to cover it. easily, ”Alinejad recalled while showing a photo of himself at the age of 7.
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Now, two Iranian journalists – Niloofar Hamedi, who first reported Amini’s death at the hands of the moral police, and Elaheh Mohammadi, who followed Amini’s funeral – are accused of spying. Hamedi has been in prison for over a month. Journalists’ watchdogs claim that the lives of these two journalists are now in serious danger.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence are trying to blame the CIA, Mossad, MI6 and the Saudi government for initiating the protests.