Greetings and profound welcome to all the dawgs around the globe, and specially Iranian sisters are in our thought, This article contains, ground reports from Tehran University, written to us on a condition of anonymity.
Nevertheless, that shows the firm determination of Iranian youngsters to outthrow the corrupted group of an oligarchy which surely has transformed Iran, into a tyranny, Mainly dictated by the supreme leader of the Regime, Ruohullah Ayatollah Khomeini.
The ultra-conservative radical Shia leader has his hands in a blood bath before and even at the time of the great Islamic Iranian revolution of 1979. The Human Rights group in Tehran under disguise has managed to flee the conflicting zones for evasion to safety. This article contains words originally written by Ghost from Tehran University (supposed identity). The death of the youngster Mahsa, and the consequences.
You can hear the voice of “Death to Dictator” “Death to Khamenei” and “We don’t want an Islamic state” in most universities and colleges of Iran right now. The brave Iranian girls and boys mostly are in their 20s.
They are expressing their anger against Khamenei and extending their sympathy to Mahsa’s family and all victims of the regime. A young and powerful and faithful movement against inequality and murder and torture.
The people of Iran, who are under severe economic pressure due to the wrong policies of the government and are witnessing an increase in food and clothing, and housing prices sometimes up to two hundred percent in the last year, are no longer able to remain silent under the ideological and political pressures of the extremist Islamic government in Tehran.
The uprising has begun but without Mahsa! To examine the causes of mass demonstrations in Iran, one must go back to a few decades when Iran witnessed such demonstrations in 1978.
After the revolution of 1978, Iranian society was deceived. Ruhollah Khomeini, before the revolution, by showing an approach based on collectivism, brought all factions and political groups with him. These groups and factions were students, workers, and religious and non-religious people, on the other hand, a large part of Iranian society at that time.
This was while he was an extremist clergy and his beliefs were very dogmatic and strict. His ideas about the Islamic government (velayat-e-faqih) were opposed by many people who studied in various fields of science, including religious sciences (Islamic schools).
The theory of religious authority (Velayat-e-faqih) briefly states that the Islamic ruler (Khomeini and his successor Khamenei) has the legal (based on laws and regulations approved by parliament) and Shariah (based on rules of Islam) power to make decisions regarding people’s lives, wealth, and honor and all the affairs of people’s lives from cradle to grave.
This is not equivalent to the rule of law, exactly it is the opposite point and in conflict with it. He has a higher jurisdiction than the law-making body and the law and regulations and if an order is issued by him after the legal approval of regulation, he has the power to violate that regulation which had been approved by the parliament.
Political institutions, such as the Parliament and the Guardian Council of the Constitutional law, etc., are all somehow under the supervision of the Islamic jurist (Leader of government). Of course, this issue was not implemented before the revolution, and the personal authority of the leader was increased after the amendment of the Constitutional law years after the revolution.
In practice, the leadership’s power increased creepily and turned him into a powerful and absolute ruler and turned the government into a dictatorship instead of a republic. Analyzing the process of changes from the republic to the dictatorship of the current government of Iran is not possible to examine and is not our goal in this paper.
The principles and goals of the Islamic government of Iran, according to the constitutional law, will forever be based on Islam and the Shiite religion. The official religion of Iran is Shiite Islam. But does this simply mean that Islam is the official religion of Iran and other ideas and religions are allowed to operate freely and can freely present their beliefs to the society?
My answer as a citizen who has lived in Iran for more than three decades is clearly and definitely no. Permitted religions and thoughts and sects are mentioned in the Iranian constitution, which includes Judaism, Zoroasterism, Christianity, and Islamic sects.
Nevertheless, I can clearly say that different religions and Islamic sects, except Shiism, are living in hardship and under pressure from the government. It is worth mentioning that other religions are not recognized in Iran.
Sunni Political prisoners are clear proof of this. On the other hand, the intelligence agencies (intelligence community) of this country do not allow Christians to establish new churches for prosecution of Christians. A similar stricter procedure is in place for Judaism.
Sunnis are also not allowed to build new mosques and places of worship in Iran, and some of these mosques that were built in the last half-century have also been closed. The approach of the Islamic system in Iran to freedom of opinion and expression is not limited to the pressures and persecution of other religions except the official religion of Iran.
This approach towards different political opinions is also implemented from the official point of view of the government. Many people have lost their lives opposing the current political system and expressing their opinions.
A clear example of this group of people is Sattar Beheshti, a blogger who used to publish his personal beliefs which conflicted with the government’s opinions on some political issues in his blog. After being arrested, he was tortured and died in prison. Remember all the freedom fighters!
But what does it mean “Islamic” in the phrase “Islamic Republic”? This means that all laws and regulations in force in Iran must not conflict with Sharia law. This approach is so narrow that it limits all interpretations and perceptions of the only accepted religion in Iran’s political system to the government’s interpretation of that religion.
The opinion of the majority at this stage has no place and is not valid. If the interpretation of the majority of the society is different from the interpretation of the government regarding the issue mentioned in the Shariah and has become law, the opinion and interpretation of the government will prevail and will be implemented.
Here, many issues can be discussed in this regard and there are many examples in which a difference can be made between the customs and opinions of the people and the interpretation of the government about that certain issue. For example, in the last few days, many big cities of Iran witnessed demonstrations of several thousand angry people.
The case started when Mehsa Amini moved from Kurdistan to Tehran (the capital of Iran) with her family. This trip, which was supposed to be very short, did not end for Mahsa at all and she never came back home alive. After leaving the subway, Mehsa is confronted by the moral police patrol. In the meantime, the officers stopped him and warned him about her hijab, and finally arrested her.
Mahsa Amini transferred to the police headquarter in Vozara Street to take mandatory training classes. In the process of her arrest until her death, she was beaten and tortured, and finally, she breathed her last moment.
At first, the government hid Mahsa’s death story, and after publishing messages from his family, the issue was accepted by the government. In the next stage, pressure groups(extremists) and government and intelligence organizations tried to close the case with psychological operations and avoid investigating the truth of her murder and presenting the results to the public.
After the protests started in cyberspace, the government disclosed some information about this incident. But the information provided was not enough. People’s wrath overflowed and people gathered in the streets. This issue continued until a hacker group exposed the CT scan photos of Mahsa’s brain.
One day later, the government denied the photos with all its implements in a complex psychological operation and declared that the photos did not belong to her. Bleeding from Mahsa’s ear, which can be seen in the photos, according to the doctors, is a sign of head trauma and concussion, but this reason was rejected by the government too.
In the next stage, people tried to call the government’s bluff and after revealing the authenticity of the photos of Mahsa to all people, the government stepped back and announced that the photos belong to Mahsa. In the meantime, neurologists announced that Mehsa was injured by a severe blow to the head and then murdered.
The government denied it again and presented fake documents and claimed that Mehsa had brain surgery when she was a child. To prove this claim, Iranian national TV interviewed a doctor to confirm this claim. He called himself Mahsa’s surgeon.
People immediately searched for the records of this person. His name is Dr. Shivani, he is one of the doctors who previously worked with one of the radical newspapers (Fars newspaper). Also, he has a history of numerous interviews with Iranian national TV.
What a strange accident! Mahsa’s surgeon, who has announced that he operated on her, is one of the government-affiliated doctors. Isn’t it strange for you? Among the thousands of brain surgeons during the two decades of Mahsa’s life in all provinces of Iran, should only her surgeon be a doctor loyal to the government?!
After hearing the news of Mahsa’s death, the people felt sorry for his family and began mourning for her. People cooked Khamenei’s goose and they have come to the streets and demanded a fair investigation of her murder.
The history of the government shows that it will not do such a fair and correct investigation. 3 years ago, after the death of Qasim Solomani the top commander of the Quds Force, the Iranian air defense system hit a Ukrainian plane carrying Iranian and Ukrainian passengers with three missiles. After three years, no one even knows the name of the perpetrator of this act.
After the incident, no official that was in charge at the time resigned and there was never a real and fair trial. There are many examples of this approach in the 43-year history of the Islamic Republic. With such a state of mind and awareness of these events, people realized that the government has no intention to clarify this tragedy.
Mahsa was arrested and tortured because of the difference between her dress and the kind of address approved by the government (Islamic hijab) or because of the wrong hijab! Iranian women do not believe in government-approved clothing or forced Hijab. On a larger scale, Iranian people, men and women, the youth and the old, want to choose their lifestyle.
For the government, this request is much more painful and harder to answer than clarifying Masha’s murder case. Because this government has built on coercion and pressure. In other words, if the government takes action to change the laws related to the hijab, the people of Iran will have won a historic victory.
People will be able to modify the laws imposed by this cruel political system. After this historic victory, important and challenging subjects such as gender inequalities in the Iranian legal system will be discussed. Women will come back to the streets and pursue their other rights. Iranian women want to live freely like Swedish, French, American, Indian, and Italian women.
The police, the intelligence agencies, and the Revolutionary Guards fell into line and now they have been fighting unarmed people in the streets with shotguns and throwing tear gas while the ministry of information cut off the internet connection around the country and blocked Instagram which is the main social media application in Iran.
But among the ranks of these forces in some cities, brave soldiers disobey the orders of their cruel commanders and join their people. At this moment at least 50 people were shot dead and hundreds were wounded and arrested.
There are many videos and evidence about using assault rifles by government forces against civilians like the Ak-47 which is the main in the organization of the Iranian revolutionary guard corps and Basij.