WATCH: ‘I’ll wear hijab when you do’ Iranian woman tells man who slapped her

Friday, 16 March 2018

An Iranian woman was physically and verbally assaulted after a man slapped her for refusing to wear the hijab. In a video that has been circulated on social media, the woman can be seen responding to the man who was driving his car but, specifically stopped in a parking lot, believed to be in Tehran, to comment or her visible hair. The man yelled, demanding that she must “obey the rules”, reported the Daily Mail. Firmly responding to him, the woman said: “I don’t like ...

Iran jails 11 for attacks on mosques, public property

Monday, 12 March 2018

Eleven members of an Iranian opposition group accused of attacking mosques and public property have been sentenced to jail terms of up to six years, state news agency IRNA said Monday.Hassan Heidari, deputy prosecutor general of Khorasan Razavi province in northeast Iran, said the 11 defendants, including women, were also convicted of “propaganda against the system of the Islamic republic”.Several of them were found guilty of having set fire to two mosques in the city of Masshad, ...

More Iranian women join protest against forced hijab code

Saturday, 3 February 2018

On Saturday, a video of a young woman taking off her hijab in Iran in front of a Basij base (Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s Morality Police) emerged. This event comes nearly two weeks after the first Iranian woman who took off her hijab in protest of the forced dress code . The woman, 31-year-old Wida Mowahed, a mother of a 19-month-old daughter, stood in the middle of Tehran’s “Inqlab” (revolution) street raising her scarf on a stick and waving it like a flag. A video ...

One person killed in anti-government protest in Tunisian town

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

One person was killed on Monday during clashes between security forces and protesters in a Tunisian town, the government said, as demonstrations over rising prices and tax increases spread in the North African country. A man was killed during a protest against government austerity measures in Tebourba, 40 km (25 miles) west of Tunis, the interior ministry said in a statement. He had had chronic breathing problems and died due to suffocation from inhaling tear gas, it said. The protest had turned ...

At US request, UN Security Council to meet today on Iran protests

Friday, 5 January 2018

The UN Security Council is planning an emergency meeting about Iran on Friday, after the US asked the world body to show support for Iran’s anti-government protesters. With council members divided in their views of the demonstrations that have roiled the Islamic Republic, it’s not yet clear how the discussion will take shape or what might come out of it. Alma Konurbayeva, a spokeswoman for current council president Kazakhstan, confirmed that Friday afternoon’s meeting is about ...

Why is LA’s large Iranian community cheering anti-regime protests

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Many in Los Angeles’ Iranian expatriate community, the largest in the United States, are heartened by anti-government street protests back home but want to make sure international focus stays on what they see as a struggle for democracy. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution and are concentrated in a neighborhood on the city’s west side nicknamed “Tehrangeles” dotted with Persian shops and restaurants. The community is welcoming ...

Nobel peace laureate Ebadi urges Iranians to keep up protests

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has urged the people of Iran to engage in civil disobedience and press on with nationwide protests that are posing the boldest challenge to its leaders since pro-reform unrest in 2009. The pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat quoted Iran’s most famous human rights lawyer as saying Iranians should stay on the street and that the constitution gives them the right to protest. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have deployed forces to three provinces ...

Who are the post-Khomeini youth currently leading the Iran protests?

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The protests currently sweeping Iran are being considered the largest challenge to the Iranian regime since the Green Movement uprising in 2009 after the re-election of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The demonstrations are currently being led by a new generation of youth who were born after the death of Ruhollah Khomeini, who lead the Iranian Revolution in 1979, in 1989. They are currently marching against his regime that has led Iran for more than 30 years. This generation of youth are ...

Do protests in Iranian cities point to a social revolution?

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The year 2018 has just begun and many believe it will prove decisive year for Iran, the Middle East, and the world. Changes in Syria and Yemen are on the horizon and it is even likely that the Iranian regime is overthrown. Towards the end of 2017, major cities of Iran witnessed angry protestors who took to the streets to protest corruption and dictatorship by chanting ‘death to dictator” and “no to Gaza, no to Lebanon”. Spontaneous revolt Referring to reports and video ...

WATCH: Video allegedly documents Iranian security forces killing protesters

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A video was widely shared on social media on Tuesday allegedly showing security forces shooting at protesters in Iran, while their bodies get dragged away from the gunfire. The video titled “Documentation of security forces killing protesters” was re-shared by the Iranian Affairs Twitter account, which has more than 600,000 followers. A man hiding behind a building shot the video on his mobile phone. People are seen running away from the range of gunfire, while others try to drag ...

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