Iran Keeps Its Iron Fist Against Protesters And Prepares Surveillance Tech To Enforce The Mandatory Veil Law

Riot police in Tehran (WANA/Reuters)
Riot police in Tehran (WANA/Reuters)

The regime authorities Iran keep their iron fist against protesters who take to the streets to protest the death of the young woman Mahsa Amini and demand reforms, while carrying out Confused statements about the future of the Moral Police.

The Iranian Attorney General, Mohamad Jafar Montazeri, assured days ago during a meeting in the city of Qom, one of the holiest cities in the country, that the Moral Police did not depend directly on the Iranian Judiciary and that it had been ” dismantled” by “the very people who created it”.

Their ambiguous statements They spread through social networks and various Western media outlets, which considered this mechanism “abolished”, while Iranian media, such as Al Alam public television, claimed that the reading made by the West had nothing to do with the words spoken. by the prosecutor.

“The media were selling it as a victory (achieved by the protests) and this is not a concession. The Iranian public is not seeing it that way either.”, explained the political analyst specialized in Iran, Daniel Bashandeh, in statements to Europa Press.

In this sense, Bashandeh stressed that the Morale Police, whose job is to “pursue and ensure dress codes”, is “within the internal Iranian Police”, for which reason the term “abolish”, which is used for institutions, would not be appropriate either.

“One of the problems when it comes to understanding this is that when the attorney general says to abolish it, he does not have the power to do it (because) it is a government power,” added Bashandeh, who also added that “it is complicated” to know who has authority in this matter because “there is no legal certainty” in the country.

A woman walks in the Iranian capital (WANA/Reuters)
A woman walks in the Iranian capital (WANA/Reuters)

In addition, Bashandeh has made it clear that the regime does not have “a homogeneous discourse or a discursive line” to face the protests. “It doesn’t seem like there is a strategy beyond using repression against the protesters,” he said.

“They don’t have time control. There is a communication crisis around the measures and, above all, there are several interlocutors talking who contradict each other ”, added the analyst.

Faced with these statements, the reality is very different in Iran. A spokesman for the Iranian regime and also a spokesman for the committee that oversees the application of moral values, Ali Khan Mohamadi, stated that Tehran is preparing “more modern methods”, in reference to surveillance technologyto reinforce the application of the law on the compulsory use of the hijab.

In fact, Bashandeh pointed out that “the latest pronouncements of the parliamentary forces” show that these policies are going to get tougher. “A spokesman for the cultural commission in Parliament also said that whoever opposed hijab would be excluded from society,” he said.

The law forcing women to cover their hair in public in Iran has been in force since the 1979 Revolution and was pioneered by the late Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. “No one wants to go against his word”, assures Bashandeh before a regulation that is found in the Penal Code.

A woman walks in Tehran without a headscarf after confusing announcements about the Morale Police (WANA/Reuters)
A woman walks in Tehran without a headscarf after confusing announcements about the Morale Police (WANA/Reuters)

“It is not only a legal question, but symbolic and political. They are ending (in the framework of the protests) with the symbols of the Islamic Republic”, he indicated, adding that “the more the regime hardens its policy, the more distance there will be with the population”.

While the Iranian regime tries to “sell” to the international community that “the problem has ended”, the executions against the demonstrators who have been taking to the streets since September in different parts of the country to protest the repression and the death of the young Mahsa Amini continue.

Mohsen Shekaria 23-year-old accused of “intentionally” wounding a Basij paramilitary with a long knife, was the first protester to be hanged on Thursday after a trial in which he did not have legal representation, according to his mother, who pleaded for clemency against your son.

“Right now the issue of executions is going to be key to give more reasons to people to demonstrate”, indicated Bashandeh, adding that social networks help a lot to know what is happening.

About the role of basikhiBashandeh has pointed out that “they are the weakest link” from the Islamic Republic of Iran, since “they are volunteers, they are poorly paid and they are the first to show their faces”, so “people identify them and give them a face”.

“There have been Basijites who have died (…) They have asked for firearms and Khamenei himself (current Iranian supreme leader) has supported them,” explained the analyst, stressing that “they are the first shield” of the regime, therefore that “if they fall” would mean that the regime’s “first line of defense” would collapse.

The situation in the country is “serious”according to a deputy commander of the Basij forces during a meeting with several members of the paramilitary group that was published in various Iranian media outlets after a Black Reward ‘hack’ of the Fars news agency.

Hence there is “a battle for the story.” “And it is clear that that of the regime is not sustained,” Bashandeh stressed, who also explained that the protest movement is beginning to be “more transversal,” with very powerful actions such as the gesture of cutting one’s hair, the songs in Farsi with the motto ‘Woman, Life and Liberty’ or remove the turban from the clergy.

In addition, protesters in Iran have begun to carry out other types of protest political actssuch as going out into the street or going to public institutions without a veil, in the case of women, or the burning of the former residence of Khomeini in the town of Khomein.

The protests have now evolved into a strike in the commerce sector called by social and political organizations, so the economic factor has come into play and could be “a problem for the Government.” Thus, Bashandeh has given the example of the general strike faced by the Shah of Iran, Mohamed Reza Pahlavi.

“Iran is the greatest exponent of political Islam in the world and that in the name of Islam it is doing what it is doing has no justification for the population. Plus, the population has a very high indifference to religionespecially the younger generations”, he has sentenced.

The repression of the security forces against the demonstrations has caused the death of more than 440 people, including dozens of children, according to human rights groups. In addition, according to reports, at least 18,000 people have been detained as part of the protests.

(With information from Europa Press)

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