326 dead, 12,500 arrested: Why Iran's regime still can't stifle the protests | DW News


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326 dead, 12,500 arrested: Why Iran's regime still can't stifle the protests | DW News



Iranians have been in the streets for two months in protests led by women united by the protest slogan, “Freedom, women, life.” The initial catalyst for the movement was the September 16 death of a student, Jina Mahsa Amini, at the hands of morality police ostensibly offended by her ill-fitted hijab.

The protest movement represents the biggest threat the regime has faced since seizing power in 1979. Initially fueled by the strict rules of the clerics as it concerns women’s dress, the protests have morphed into something much bigger that potentially could threaten the country’s religious rulers and their grasp on power.

The ancestral home of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that has functioned as a museum to the late Supreme Leader was set on fire by anti-regime protesters who continued their nearly two months of defiance against the hardline rule of Iran’s theocratic rulers. Videos posted to social media showed the house in Khomein in the western province of Markazi on fire as crowds marched past and cheered. Iranian state news agency Tasnim denied the late cleric’s showpiece home was on fire. Tasnim claimed “the report is a lie.” The Iranian outlet added that “the doors of the house of the late founder of the great revolution are open to the public.” By contrast, both AFP and Reuters have verified the location. Reuters reported the activist network 1500Tasvir said the incident occurred Thursday night. Khomeini was born in the home in the town at the turn of the last century. His surname is taken from the town’s name. The house became a museum to commemorate the cleric who became known as the country’s Supreme Leader. It is unclear what damage there may be to the site.

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  1. Alhmdulillah new people everyday accepting Islam and 70% of them are women and many choose to wear the hijab, in Europe and all around the world. Allah guides whom he wills.

  2. For last 43 years, Iranian people have gone through a great deal of hardship and difficulties. From the senseless War with Iraq for eight year that took the live of almost one millions Iranian to constant execution of innocent people without due process under the law to imprisoning of the tens of thousands of innocent people for nothing, just a simple protest or writing an article criticizing the regime and it's murderous rulers to unlawful and unjust tortures only to extract force and false confessions for a subsequent execution, the despotic regime in Iran is Anti human rights.

  3. It's good that you guys are fighting for your rights but they also need to know it's going to be a lot harder because that's a big change in their culture

  4. … SINCE THE YEAR 2000, ISRAEL HAS KILLED MORE THAN 2,200 CHILDREN FROM PALESTINA.

    . EVERYDAY ISRAEL PUTS MORE THAN 13 CHILDREN (8-17) IN A "MILITARY PENITENTIARY" 5-10 YEARS EACH CHILD

  5. Its enough to look at Turkey…women with hijab or not, turkish women wearing mini skirts in plin view…teaches you a bit of how an open country can live in harmony, wilst respecting all of their people, who have choices…Yes, it can be done!

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