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A Whole Generation Revolts Against the Iranian Regime
From Baghdad to Beirut, Tehran’s opponents are exploring the possibility that a wave of protests might help weaken Iran’s grip on their own countries.The protesters were not chanting in support of the revolution that turned Iran into a theocracy in 1979, but against an Islamic Republic that oppresses its people at home and wields power well beyond its borders. They were singling out a foreign government that upholds dysfunctional political systems in other countries so that it can manipulate them to its advantage and deploys proxy militias that mete out violence from Baghdad to Beirut against those who rise in opposition to Tehran’s dark worldview.
Taliban forces on Thursday used gunfire to disperse a women's rally in the Afghan capital supporting protests in Iran over the death of a woman in morality police custody.
Both Afghanistan and Iran are run by hardline Islamist governments that enforce strict dress codes on women.
Chanting the same "Women, life, freedom" mantra used in Iran, about 25 women protested in front of Kabul's Iranian embassy before Taliban forces fired into the air, an AFP correspondent reported.
Iran’s anti-veil protests, ignited by Mahsa Amini’s death, may shift the nation
The death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman — while detained by morality police for 'inappropriate' attire — has sparked nationwide protests that could leave a lasting impact.Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman from a small city in Iran’s Kurdistan province, had been visiting the country’s capital, Tehran, when she was detained, before her brother’s eyes, by the so-called morality police (gashte ershad or “guidance patrol”) for her “inappropriate” attire. According to the Tehran police, it was during her detention that Amini “suddenly” developed “heart problems” and was rushed to hospital, where she later died.
In neighbouring Iran, dozens of people have been killed since demonstrations erupted over 22-year-old Mahsa Amini's death after she was arrested for allegedly breaching rules on hijabs and modest clothing.
On Thursday in Kabul, women in headscarves carried banners that read: "Iran has risen, now it's our turn!" and "From Kabul to Iran, say no to dictatorship!"
"We need to end these horrific governments," said a protester who did not reveal her name for security reasons.
"People here are also tired of the Taliban's crimes. We are sure that one day our people will rise in the same way as the Iranian people," she said.
Taliban forces swiftly snatched the banners and tore them in front of the protesters.
They also ordered some journalists to delete videos of the rally.
Iran protests over Mahsa Amini death enter third week
A protest movement in Iran over the death in custody of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini entered its third week Friday, in defiance of an intensifying crackdown that rights activists say has cost at least 83 lives. Amnesty's warning comes as Iran presses ahead with an intensifying crackdown that has seen the arrest of many journalists, activists and other prominent figures. Former Iranian international footballer Hossein Manahi was arrested Friday after supporting the protests on his social media accounts, the state-run IRNA news agency said.
An organiser, speaking anonymously, told AFP the rally was staged "to show our support and solidarity with the people of Iran and the women victims of the Taliban in Afghanistan".
- 'Severe restrictions' -
Protests staged by women in Afghanistan have become increasingly rare after the detention of core activists at the start of the year.
Like in Iran, women risk arrest, violence and stigma for taking part in demonstrations calling for their rights.
Since returning to power last year, the Taliban have issued a slew of restrictions controlling women's lives based on their interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
Many of the rules -- including dress code, segregation from men and travelling with a male guardian -- are monitored by the Taliban's vice and virtue police who roam the streets dressed in white.
Women must fully cover themselves in public, preferably with the all-encompassing burqa, according to the rules, which are enforced with varying rigour across the country.
Taliban official calls for schools to be reopened for girls
Senior member of Afghanistan’s Taliban-run government urges rulers to reopen secondary schools for girls.The appeal from Taliban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai on Tuesday came during a Taliban gathering in Kabul. It was a rare moderate voice amid the harsh measures imposed by the Taliban since they overran the country and seized power in August 2021.
The Taliban have also blocked girls from returning to secondary schools and barred women from many government jobs, although some senior Taliban are divided on the issue of education.
Deputy foreign minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai at a function earlier this week said "education is obligatory for men and women".
"If we want national unity then doors of educational institutions must be open for all," he said on live television.
The state of women's rights in Afghanistan remains a top concern for Western nations, with no country yet officially recognising the Taliban government.
Earlier this week, a United Nations report denounced the "severe restrictions" on women and called for them to be reversed.
"The international community has not and will not forget Afghan women and girls," the report said.
Iran vows ‘decisive action’ as Mahsa Amini protests continue .
Warning comes as protesters return to the streets despite a crackdown in which at least 41 people have been killed.Raisi’s comments on Saturday came as protesters took to the streets for a ninth consecutive night, defying a crackdown that state television said has killed at least 41 people. It said that toll was based on its own count and official figures were yet to be released.