Videos of the uprisings and unrest began to flood the internet as Iranian protesters took to the streets in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman accused of being detained for wearing a mask. Incorrect headscarf.
Videos of students in Iran protesting against the militia, along with women in the streets being kicked and shoved and protesters raising their fists as they marched have gone viral around the world. , expressing the country’s indignation after Amini’s death.
“If we don’t join together, we will be killed one by one,” was one of the phrases chanted during the protests.
Attempts to turn off the Internet to prevent the world from seeing these videos have failed, despite the banning of popular social apps like WhatsApp, Signal, Skype and even Instagram – one of the functional social media platforms. final.
In Iran, loss of life is common during times of turmoil and protest. According to Amnesty International, the worst crackdown occurred in 2019, when more than 100 protesters were killed and the internet was shut down for 12 days.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the United States and Israel, the country’s adversaries, for inciting the unrest in his first remarks about the nationwide protests on Monday. It’s a tactic familiar to Iran’s leaders, who have distrusted Western influence since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
In September, the US Treasury Department said US technology companies would be allowed to expand their business in Iran.
On Monday, U.S. President Biden said in a statement that the United States is making it easier for Iranians to access the Internet, “including through facilitating greater access to secure platforms and services.” all outside.”
Through such avenues, access to the Internet means that images and videos will emerge from Iran despite the shutdown and social media bans.
Videos showed some Iranian protesters openly cutting their hair at rallies, a gesture that quickly spread around the world.
Images of women elsewhere cutting their hair in solidarity with Iranian women have gone viral – from Turkish singer Melek Mosso on stage last week for women in Lebanon and Syria, to founder Swedish magistrate Abir Al-Sahlani in the hall of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
A museum in Rome is collecting curls to donate to the Iranian Embassy.
This highly symbolic gesture also echoes Iran’s history and folklore, in which women cutting their hair is a sign of protest. The Shahnameh (“Book of Kings”), a national epic of Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between 977 and 1010 AD, mentions a princess who cut her hair in protest. The husband’s death was considered unjust.
Oscar-winning actors Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche, as well as other French music and screen stars, filmed themselves cutting their locks in a video posted Wednesday.
“For the sake of freedom,” Binoche said as she cut some hair off the top of her head with scissors before waving it at the camera.
With files from the Associated Press and CNN