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If there is one request from the women, the young peo­ple and all those tak­ing to the streets against the Iran­ian regime, this is the one. “Talk about us, don’t let silence set­tle in with the repres­sion”.

It’s been over fif­teen days already that Jina (Mah­sa) Ami­ni, a young woman of 22 years died from the blows of the Iran­ian forces, includ­ing those of the moral­i­ty brigade who had arrest­ed her for a strand of hair not cov­ered by her veil. Over ten days now that this mur­der has served as a cat­a­lyst to a polit­i­cal rebel­lion against the Mol­lahs’ regime, with women, young and less young, in the front ranks.

All of the protests of that last years, dis­persed and harsh­ly repressed found here a rea­son to join up in the street.

Even if in Iran, there does not exist out­side the regime a strong­ly orga­nized polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion, insti­tu­tion­al and vis­i­ble, even if the con­tra­dic­tions only find voice in manip­u­lat­ed elec­tions whose can­di­dates belong to the caste known as as that of the 1979 rev­o­lu­tion, between “hard­lin­ers” and “reformists”, a move­ment of rebel­lion finds its relays today in all social class­es and in the regions.

Oppressed minori­ties (Kurds in par­tic­u­lar), vic­tims of eco­nom­ic sanc­tions that have lit­er­al­ly pushed down the mid­dle class, an impor­tant num­ber of the edu­cat­ed young who can find no future in this pad­locked soci­ety, youths, women and men, who had opened gaps under the for­mer ’reformist’ pres­i­den­cy, low­er class­es dis­ap­point­ed by the ’promis­es’ of a bet­ter life made by the cur­rent pres­i­dent, intel­li­gentsia that played with the regime’s con­tra­dic­tions, all of them find them­selves in this rebel­lion of “the strand of hair that showed”. This dys­func­tion­al regime has noth­ing to offer oth­er than repression.

This same revolt when it can still find the means to express itself toward the out­side world, shows a sharp aware­ness of many about what has occurred dur­ing the decade, with­in Iran itself, but most­ly in the Arab coun­tries. The fail­ure and the counter-rev­o­lu­tions and the active par­tic­i­pa­tion in these of the Iran­ian regime itself, is in everyone’s mind. The destruc­tions and the hun­dreds of thou­sands of deaths, all so that tyrants could still be in pow­er, and even be rein­forced at times, this aware­ness has left its mark on the young and informed gen­er­a­tions, just as the bloody rev­o­lu­tion of 1979 had done for old­er generations.

Every­thing is thus to be built in this protest which, for the moment, is still hold­ing forth in the street and on rooftops, against a regime that has always cho­sen unbri­dled force against revolts.

Calls to strikes have been made, in high­er edu­ca­tion, in order to demand the lib­er­a­tion of those impris­oned, in the ener­gy sec­tor, in order to weigh  in favor of a bet­ter stan­dard of liv­ing, in pub­lic trans­porta­tion in Teheran. This will be test for the move­ment which, as a reminder, can only main­tain its orga­ni­za­tion through social net­works the regime is con­stant­ly shut­ting down, and through the rela­tion­ships among the young or the minorities.

Indeed, the ques­tion of inter­net is of top impor­tance, and the regime is aware of its reach and of the use made of this weapon, both as a means to cir­cu­late infor­ma­tion in the revolt, into all cor­ners of Iran and toward the out­side, and the pub­li­ca­tion across the world of dis­turb­ing images of the repres­sion, or of the move­ment pro­duc­ing lib­er­at­ing images.

Offi­cial­ly, the num­ber of dead has reached 41 and more than 2000 arrests have been made. The jour­nal­ists who were cov­er­ing the event are in prison for the most part. We can mul­ti­ply these fig­ures in all con­fi­dence in order to approach a cer­tain lev­el of truth.

Images of assas­si­na­tion by bul­lets of women in the street, show that this is not about main­tain­ing extreme order, but a delib­er­ate attack meant to kill, aimed against women. Sev­er­al young women who were fig­ure­heads at the begin­ning of the move­ment were sav­age­ly killed on purpose.

We know that such a revolt fac­ing such an oppres­sive regime rest­ing on a caste of loy­al ones can­not go on count­ing its deads and its arrests every day, and that there will nec­es­sar­i­ly be paus­es or with­drawals. The regime knows this also, block­ing infor­ma­tion, inter­nal­ly and that direct­ed outward.

This regime is also count­ing on the re-nego­ti­a­tion that is more or less ongo­ing con­cern­ing the Iran­ian nuclear treaty, which would alle­vi­ate the sanc­tions, espe­cial­ly since Iran is a gas pro­duc­ing pow­er, a high­ly dis­put­ed com­mod­i­ty. France, like the oth­ers, is on the ranks with Total and already in the process of nego­ti­at­ing a con­tract. The Mol­lahs keep a close watch on West­ern gov­ern­ments’ reac­tions which are all doing the min­i­mum diplo­mat­i­cal­ly. France even offered up a most vis­i­ble police charge in front of the Iran­ian embassy, against a demon­stra­tion of sup­port. Lon­don did the same.

Thus, in order not to be for­got­ten, Ira­ni­ans can only rely on inter­na­tion­al pub­lic opin­ions, social and polit­i­cal relays, artists, sports fig­ures, any per­son hav­ing an audi­ence against an ongo­ing real-poli­tik in Ukraine and its con­se­quences on ener­gy sup­plies. Women’s rights are already the fifth wheel of the char­riot so, just think, human rights only mat­ter in the intro­duc­to­ry sen­tence of the speech.

This is why any response to the Iran­ian demands to break the silence is wel­come, espe­cial­ly whenit’s in accord with their struggle.

Our friend Zehra Doğan and those sur­round­ing her in Berlin thus decid­ed to react sym­bol­i­cal­ly in front of the Iran­ian embassy a few days ago.

Zehra, a Kur­dish artists and jour­nal­ist, was per­se­cut­ed by the Turk­ish regime; she used men­stru­al blood in prison as a means of protest. This taboo, just like that of hair met with strong oppo­si­tion from the jailers.

Thus, using it against this pow­er of the taboo in cur­rent Iran and the prison it rep­re­sents for women, as well as express­ing her Kur­dish sol­i­dar­i­ty against Jina Amini’s mas­sacre, became an absolute neces­si­ty for Zehra.

Here is a video excerpt of this sup­port  inter­ven­tion which you can relay.


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Une pub­li­ca­tion partagée par Zehra Dogan (@zehra____dogan)

Kedis­tan also par­tic­i­pat­ed in oth­er video initiatives.

Noth­ing is futile, noth­ing is use­less, inso­far as a ges­ture, an action, a word, a col­lec­tive action is relayed and meant to ren­der their strug­gle vis­i­ble while demon­strat­ing sup­port for its mean­ing, so long as it is not an instru­men­tal­iza­tion for per­son­al ben­e­fit, be it by islam­o­phobes or pro­fes­sion­als o ego well on display.

It is false to con­sid­er we are pow­er­less to help the revolt of women in Iran. Every ini­tia­tive made vis­i­ble and relayed is an answer to the cry of Iran­ian “don’t leave us alone”.

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By Gian­lu­ca Costan­ti­ni on

Obvi­ous­ly this form of min­i­mal sup­port, also applies to all women’s strug­gles , such as those in Afghanistan, to name only them.


Illus­tra­tion : Gian­lu­ca Costantini

Translation from French by Renée Lucie Bourges

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