Thursday, March 30, 2023

Poisoned girls in Iran

What is a girl to worry about when she attends school except to hang some business or want to learn? Well, in IranThe plants present a real monster every time they step foot in the classroom: the possibility of poisoning with toxic fumes.

Nearly a thousand school children have suffered these attacks since November last year. The intention is clear: to keep them away from school. Everything behind the noise becomes strong after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini (who was arrested by the Moral Police for releasing jihad) on September 16, 2022. In Iran, there is a strong group that wants to keep women under heavy yoke.

A woman in Iran

Amin’s death sparked a series of protests. Thousands of women are rising up to demand increased consent and their rights in the Persian region. The battle was still fought in the streets, but dissuaded from the first day, the government decided to respond with repression. Human Rights Activists (HRANA) estimates that more than 700 people have died in the demonstrations, including seventy minors, to date. Moreover, there were more than twenty thousand prisoners and a hundred condemned to death; some of them were already hanged in the streets. Protest in Iran is punishable by death.

Why am I dying? There are too many reasons. The vindictiveness over Amin’s death was really a cry of anger that deeply conservative Islamic principles severely restrict individual freedoms. An example. Any Iranian woman wishing to obtain a passport must request her husband’s or “protector’s” permit. It is absurd but this is how the rules work in the Islamic Republic. Perhaps the greatest example of restrictions is taken from the Moral Police, which organization has the power to prohibit examining a woman’s clothing. You can also measure visible hair strands or the length of your pants.

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But that was always the case. Before 1979, the country could be confused with any other nation in the world. Women could wear fringes, go beach-to-beach in the pool, or show off their hair without prohibition. The same goes for educating yourself and participating in any social or cultural event. After the Islamist Revolution and the end of the regime of the autocrat Mohamed Reza Pahlavi and the entry of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the country began to change. The positive and negative parts left in the process are questionable; But it is impossible to put down the damage of women’s rights. Khomeini, secure in his interpretation of Islamic law, implemented a series of prohibitions to this day and, although the implementation of these matters has been discussed over the years, there are others who persist and keep women as second-class citizens.


And so the witchcraft has come to hundreds of Iranian girls. No one died, but dozens were hospitalized in 10 cities, showing respiratory, cardiac and neurological symptoms. The doctors point out that it is poison gas. “It was clear that some people want all schools to be closed, especially for girls,” Deputy Health Minister Younes Panahi said a week ago; however, in a few hours he inexplicably changed his version. Meanwhile, parents took to the streets to demand greater safety for their daughters. “They want the girls to stay home.” a woman says on a shared video network.

The main suspicion is that the attacks on the schools are in turn for their role in the demonstrations. Recently, many of them posted videos removing the veils and supporting the protest. On the other hand, the threat measures are similar to those used by the Taliban in Afghanistan or the Islamist Boko Haram in Nigeria, countries where studying is prohibited or at risk.

The Government indicated that they would investigate the matter, but that the time for the first, as if a firm decision, was diluted. Interior Minister Agmad Vahidi accused the enemies of Iran and the foreign media for public terror.

The US and the UN have shown concern about this form of violence against women. but the voice insists on being stronger.

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“Less education, less independence”

Peruvian police officer Sonia Chirinos, who lived in Spain for two decades, condemns the attacks against the Iranian girls while stressing that they are looking for an affront to their freedom.

What motivates a society like Iran to attack its women?

Any society that thinks it dominates its women will do the same. Iran is no exception. It takes place in America, Spain, and the Nordic countries. What has happened is that progress has determined that for a long time women have almost the same capabilities as men to work for us, but in societies like Iran, where machismo reigns in all its fullness, it has been proven that women do not reach the same levels. about education

Why are they specifically targeting education?

Fewer institutions, fewer possibilities of independence for women. More knowledge brings more learning. And this knowledge almost inevitably leads to the demand for equality. In this sense, not because Iranian society is theocratic, it is more macho than any other.

Why do you think the protests for greater rights for women, born in the death of young Mahsa Amini, have lost energy?

I don’t think the fight has lost its effectiveness, but rather that it’s not a journalistic case. They recently released a Spanish girl in Iran who was jailed for participating in demonstrations. Despite the fact that there have been executions, despite such religious police, Iranian women show that they are very strong. Men too. Let’s remember the gestures that the Iranian national team had in Qatar 2022 World Cup: it is not easy, but they are doing everything possible to end that tyranny. The West also helps, if only to export all the negatives in Iran.


Mario Mendoza

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