Political society

Iran: Mahsa Amini’s death inflames a four-decade-old society

Iran is rocked by protests after the tragic death of Mahsa Amini. Since September 16, as news circulated of the tragic death of a 22-year-old girl in Tehran, once again the world learned about the troubled country through stories other than the usual. nuclear terrorism saga.

Mahsa was a victim of the brutal morality police in Tehran. She was from the Kurdish ethnic minority in the city of Saqqez in northwestern Iran. His name has made headlines across the world, with more than 8 million social media posts, and sparked a new wave of protests in three provinces and six cities so far.

Mahsa was arrested on September 13 and beaten by the regime’s morality police on the pretext of “mal-voile”. She fell into a coma for three days.

Mahsa may not have known that her life and death would ignite a fire under Iran’s brew of social anger. Iran has tens of millions of girls and women like Mahsa, who have been oppressed by the misogynistic regime and are living a life without a glimmer of hope. The mullahs’ regime murdered tens of thousands of dissidents in his dungeons and on the gallows over the past four decades.

His photo and name have been circulating widely on social media and have been the hottest trending topic in the world for the past few days. From international outlets to celebrities and artists, everyone expressed their support for Mahsa and all Iranian women.

Social networks were not the only place of protest. People quickly took to the streets and the demonstrations became a scene of confrontation between the population and the forces of the regime. Kian Derakhashan, a young protester, was shot and hundreds were injured.

The latest reports from Kurdistan, Tehran and Karaj indicate that people were chanting slogans against the entire regime and tearing down posters of the mullahs’ supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his eliminated terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani.

Iran, which has been the scene of eight major uprisings in recent years, suffers from a declining economy held back by monopolistic policies and systematic corruption, ailing infrastructure and well-paying jobs that go to privileged elites affiliated with the state.

In its latest reports, the regime’s Supreme National Defense University acknowledged that “three out of four Iranians are participating in protests.” After reviewing the recent major uprisings of 2018 and November 2019, he concluded that “with the continuing economic crisis and the sharp increase in the sense of injustice and inequality in society, if uprisings recur, nearly 75% of the population will participate in the protests.

“All of these factors have completely changed aspects of Iranian society, and with the two waves of protest in January 2018 and November 2019, the suspicion that Iranian society is on the verge of political collapse has grown stronger.”

The SNDU is not the only state-affiliated organization that has warned the regime. Iranian state media and officials’ speeches are peppered with warnings of societal instability.

“I am making an official announcement… we have come to the end of the road, which means that we are completely cut off from the people and the people have lost all hope in us. We have come to the very end. We are obliged to pass our measures by resorting to force,” Rasul Montajabniaa former senior official, warned on September 12.

Mahsa’s brutal murder is neither the first nor the last crime of the genocidal regime. Nor is the current wave of protests the first or last effort by the Iranian people to overthrow the regime. But society’s reaction to the murder of Mahsa Amini has shown that the nation’s rage against the entire ruling establishment runs much deeper than a temporary emotional act. It’s a four-decade frustration erupting, with any spark.