Iranian authorities dismissed the recent protests against compulsory hijab describing them as scattered and insignificant acts. Iran’s Prosecutor General described the protest of a young woman on Enghelab Street to compulsory hijab as “an emotional […]
Iranian authorities appear to have once more fallen back on their old way of dealing with people’s protests.
The experience of the protests in Iran’s streets is very different from the reports we are getting in the state media. What is going on in the streets of Iran? Are they chanting slogans against the government? Are protesters demanding regime change or are their demands related to the ailing economy, unemployment and hunger? Are protesters chanting in support of the late deposed monarchy or some form of a republic?
On Friday, December-29, one day after protests stormed the city of Mashhad and several other cities in Khorasan Razavi province, demonstrators took to the streets of several other cities across Iran.
The interview you are about to read speaks to Setareh, one of the Women of Enghlab Street, a name dedicated to the women who are fighting for their right to choose their own attire.
Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) judiciary states that the environmentalist professor who died under suspicious circumstances in prison was member of an espionage network. Meanwhile, his son speaks out about the atrocities that the country’s security agents have committed against his family members and his late father and says his father’s death has escalated tensions within factions of the IRI.
It has been one year since the disastrous Plasco Building fire in Tehran and authorities continue to pass on the burden of responsibility to others while the victims of the disaster, namely the workers, firefighters and store owners have received none of the assistance promised by the government.
I argue that what emerged in late December in the streets of Iran was the activism of a “passive revolution.” I am using “passive revolution” here as term a term coined by Antonio Gramsci to refer to the deep transformations that has been happening in Iranian society since the 1979 revolution.