Since 16th of September 2022, Iran has seen a public uprising, with demonstrations and protests taking place in more than 280 cities and towns, triggered by the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was detained by the so-called morality police in Tehran on 13 September and died, while in custody, three days later.
Having borne the brunt of oppression and discrimination over the past 43 years, people of Iran bravely defy and stand up to the state security and intelligence forces and plainclothes agents.
The main characteristic of the current uprising is that it’s spearheaded by women. They are leading the protests.
Despite the brutal crackdown, the protests continued.
More than 20,000 protesters have been arrested with over 400 killed.
Many young women and girls have been arrested by the security forces with their families anxious to know about their fate.
There are reports of torture and forced confessions from prisons.
The regime in Iran has a history of extrajudicial killings and crimes against humanity.
In the summer of 1988, this regime executed some 30,000 prisoners of conscience.
Nika Shahkarami, a 16-year-old girl who died after going missing for 10 days after participating in protests in Tehran, has become a new focal point of the growing anti-government protest movement in Iran. News of her death, and the treatment of her family at the hands of Iranian authorities, sparked outrage and galvanized fresh protests as demonstrations stretch into their third week.
Her mother shown at the end of the video congratulates her daughter on her “martyrdom”.
Iranian security forces buried her secretly in a village near Khorramabad on her birthday.
Shahkarami is just one of many young women and girls who have been killed during the Iran protests so far.
Currently there are hundreds of young women and girls in the regime’s prisons. Reports indicate that the regime is using torture and other inhumane punishments in order to coerce them to make false confessions.
A young woman by the name of Hadis Najafi, 22, was shot dead by security forces on Sept. 21 after attending a protest in Karaj, according to her family. Her sisters say she was shot in the head and neck with live ammunition and suffered injuries from birdshot that was fired from a shotgun.
The security forces wouldn’t return her body to her family unless her father would agree to say that the cause of her death was a heart attack.
Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who was one of the supporters
of the current wave of anti-government protests across Iran, was arrested by security forces on Sunday 30th October in Iran.
Toomaj used his social media influence to encourage
protesters not to give up the streets and join strikes until Iran is freed.
He was never allowed to release his music in Iran or hold concerts and connected with his fans only through online platforms such as YouTube.
“We will come to the streets, every day and night, until Iran is freed. The streets are ours, we will take them back from you,” Official Toomaj defiantly quoted one of his songs in a tweet after his arrest.
In his politically charged songs such as “Buy a Rat
Hole”(2021), Toomaj, a 32-year-old metalworker in Esfahan, spoke out against repression, injustice, poverty, and authorities’ own corruption and impunity from prosecution.