Responding to Iran’s tight crackdown on anti-government protests with small surprise rallies

Relief on the roof of a building, riding a bicycle and removing the hijab… “It will become more difficult to control protests.”
The university’s student council appeals to “Join the national protest”… Iran’s government tightens pressure on journalists

As Iran’s protests over the ‘dubious death of not wearing a hijab’ escalate into a large-scale anti-government protest, the government is stepping up its crackdown, but the protests show no sign of stopping.

Protesters continue to protest, finding a breakthrough by separating demonstrators to avoid confrontation with the police.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), British Daily The Guardian, said that the police responded to the protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, aged 22, using force, threats of arrest, and even blockades in the city. reported on the 29th (local time).

Amini was arrested in downtown Tehran on the 13th for not wearing the hijab properly, but died three days later.

Protesters have been protesting by escaping from the central city of Tehran, where police surveillance is strict, and holding small-scale demonstrations in nearby remote areas or climbing onto the roofs of apartments and other buildings and shouting slogans condemning the dictator.

Some women even took off their hijabs while riding their bikes.

Even in a wealthy village in Tehran, where there have been few anti-government protests, slogans condemning the dictator have begun to be heard.

Iran responds to anti-government protests and clashes with small-scale rallies

A resident of Tajri, a city in the north of Tehran, where mostly rich people live, said that several military and police vehicles had entered the neighborhood and that it was clear that the intention was to silence the protesters.

He said there were occasional small-scale protests in nearby areas as central Tehran was cordoned off by police.

Analysts said the smaller scale of the protests does not mean that the anger of Iranian youth and women leading anti-government protests has subsided.

The Iranian government is also increasing the level of pressure, including arresting journalists and government critics.

Reporter Ella Mohammadi, who reported on the funeral held on the 17th in Amini’s hometown in Sakej, northern Kurdistan, was also arrested by the police.

At least 23 journalists have been arrested in Iran, according to the International Press Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Iran responds to anti-government protests and clashes with small-scale rallies

Although the government’s conflict is intensifying, sports players and celebrities are also taking part in criticism from the government one after another.

Iran’s national team players did not take off their black coats when Iran’s national anthem was played before the match against Senegal in Vienna, Austria on the 27th, which was interpreted as an expression of protest against the government.

Iran national team striker Sardar Azmun, who plays for Bayern Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, changed his social media profile picture to black on the same day and wrote a tribute to Amini.

The university’s move is also not serious.

The Tehran University of Fine Arts student body issued a statement on the 29th urging students to join the national protests.

The student council encouraged participation in the protest, emphasizing, “Staying in the classroom under such circumstances means ignoring the truth, suppressing awareness, and violating our human rights.”

The Iranian government has announced that all university classes in the country will be converted to face-to-face classes starting from the 1st in order to prevent university students from participating in the protests.

Since the protests began, some universities in Tehran have held non-face-to-face classes.

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