The world is once again witnessing many brave acts by the Iranian people who have been protesting for almost week now against their own government. Tens of thousands of them have taken to the streets to rise up against the Islamist clerics and oppressed system of limited social, political and economic freedoms they are forced to live under.
At least 20 people have died already, a number sure to rise if the Revolutionary Guard comes on the scene as they did in 2009 when they brought those demonstrations to an abrupt halt by killing dozens of protestors.
What’s been most impressive in today’s protests are the women who have been taking the lead. Many are removing their hijabs in defiance of restrictive dress codes, and boldly shouting against Khamenei as shown in the video above.
Any one of these protestors can be arrested and charged with “Moharebeh,” which means waging war against God which is a death penalty offense in Iran. Yet they continue to march and their numbers are only growing.
It’s a very serious thing these protests and the danger level is high. The quintessential thirst for freedom and human dignity runs strong though and it’s inspiring to watch so many risk their lives for it.
It’s also good to see our government speak loudly in the defense of the people. They’ve been waiting 9 long years for this support which symbolically means a lot.
As the U.S. gears up for yet another Women’s March in a few weeks, it would be good for us to ponder what it really means to live in an oppressed society, where power lies in the hands of a few and women are treated as property.
Will anti Trump speeches by has-been celebrities wearing p***y hats help the Iranian situation at all? Or will it make us look like vacuous fools for moaning about oppression in a country saturated in freedom and opportunity that people half way across the world are literally dying in the streets for?
I’d rather keep my attention focused on the Iranian people. They need our support and prayers, not another Women’s March.