Ayatollahs’ concessions do not convince Iranian protesters

Activists call for a three-day general strike despite the abolition of the “morality police”

The Iranians who have been risking their skins for almost three months in the women’s revolution were not convinced by the information bombshell on Sunday, in which the attorney general hinted at the dismantling of the feared “morality police . ” Although local sources confirmed that the agents of the body in charge of enforcing Islamic dress regulations have been missing for days, many interpreted the movement as a smokescreen of the regime before the international community. It was also interpreted as an attempt to water down the protests.

Shortly after the enormous international echo that the words of the prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri had , the activists announced a three-day general strike in the main cities of Iran. «You cannot issue death sentences, keep more than 15,000 prisoners for raising their voices, stealing the bodies of victims and intimidating their families, killing more than 450 innocent people and claiming that the suspension of the ‘morality police’ is a crime. change. It is not,” said Omid Memarian , an Iranian journalist based in the United States.

From early in the morning, images circulated from Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad or Tehran showing the lowered blinds of hundreds of shops. Despite persistent internet blackouts, the regime failed to stop the call for a mass strike, with the head of the judiciary blaming protesters for threatening shopkeepers. In the Kurdish regions in the northwest of the country, the place of origin of the young Masha Amini , 19 towns joined the national strike.The promoters of the mobilizations, mostly young people far from the religious values ​​of the old generations, insist that they will not give up until the regime of the ayatollahs falls . They are no longer satisfied with the abolition of the law that obliges women to wear the Islamic veil, the alleged non-compliance of which culminated in the death of the “martyr” Amini in police custody. In fact, the Iranian press opposed to the regime highlighted the ambiguity of the prosecutor’s words, who, after announcing the dismantling of the “morality police”, clarified that “justice continues to monitor conduct at the community level.”

In a good part of the country, it is already routine to see women discovered on the streets. This Monday, a shopping center in Tehran was closed, since several of the workers were not wearing “hijab”. In recent weeks, it has become common to see travelers getting on planes without wearing the veil. The news from “Hammihan”, affiliated with the reformists, assured that the agents of the “morality police” returned to patrol the streets of cities beyond Tehran, away from the eyes of foreign correspondents established in the country. Since the start of the protests, the regime has prevented foreign reporters from leaving the capital.

The Revolutionary Guards, the flagship military body of the regime, demanded that the Justice act decisively to intimidate “those accused of crimes against the security of the nation and Islam.” According to a statement collected by the Tasnim agency, the Security Forces will act without mercy against “rioters, thugs and terrorists.” Several witnesses confirmed to Reuters that large contingents of riot police and members of the “Basij” militia were deployed in the capital.

In the face of brutal repression, youth continue to organize to stand up. The mobilizations have no visible leaders, and under labels like “Youth of Tehran” , dozens of pockets of resistance have spread through towns and cities in Iran. They try to spread the riots in different parts of the same city, in order to make the Security Forces dizzy and exhausted. They all dress in black to make identification difficult.In a joint statement issued on the occasion of Student’s Day (December 7, which commemorates the murder of several Tehran students in 1953), the insurgents encourage those who believe in a “democratic Iran based on human rights universal, unite to overthrow the despotic Islamic regime.”

From the network, “hackers” opposed to the regime have been publishing addresses and telephone numbers of members of the Revolutionary Guards, “Basij” or police officers who attack protesters in an appeal for revenge for days.

Television channels favorable to the regime, such as Al-Alam, stressed today that “some foreign media interpreted the words of the attorney general as a retreat from the Islamic Republic regarding the ‘hijab’ or modesty. The only impression from Montazeri’s words was that the morality police had not been under the supervision of the judiciary since its establishment.

The Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian , considered that “everything is going well in Iran within the framework of democracy and freedom”, and clarified that as long as the “sharia” continues to govern the laws of the country, the “hijab” will continue to be mandatory while the clerical elite continue to control Iran.