Protests by women against the death of Mahsa Amini and the mandatory Hijab are spreading across the country and videos of such protests are being posted and widely shared on social media by activists. Iranian women of all ages - from school students to women's rights activists - are demanding the ouster of the Mojtaba Khameinei regime.
Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested by Iran's dreaded Morality Police on 16 September when she was found not wearing her Hijab (headscarf) properly as a portion of her hair was showing up. She was beaten in custody and as a result, she succumbed to her head injuries in a hospital.
Women are protesting by shearing off their hair and burning their scarves in defiance of the law. They are posting videos of these protests on social media that are being seen, shared, and commented upon and have gone viral.
An Afghan-German activist Shoura Hashemi has posted this video of Iranian women protesting in Karadsch and demanding death for the Iranian political leader Mojtaba Khameinei on Twitter:
Masih Alijenad, a US-based Iranian journalist and women activist, who is actively involved in social media campaign on the Iranian campaign against Hijab has asked world leaders to speak for the women of Iran. Her campaign calls out to women all across the globe to force the Iranian regime to remove the forced headscarves to show respect to Amini.
Women of Iran-Saghez removed their headscarves in protest against the murder of Mahsa Amini 22 Yr old woman by hijab police and chanting:— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) September 17, 2022
death to dictator!
Removing hijab is a punishable crime in Iran. We call on women and men around the world to show solidarity. #مهسا_امینی pic.twitter.com/ActEYqOr1Q
The protests have spread like a wildfire, even the school girls can be seen removing their forced headscarves and chanting "death to the dictator"
Today in Iran, schoolgirls remove their compulsory hejab and chant “death to the dictator” while stomping on the photos of their rulers pic.twitter.com/ipQPSZhsvC— Karim Sadjadpour (@ksadjadpour) October 3, 2022
The change by many is being anticipated as the biggest change in decades by many.
Twitter is flooded by memes that by and large oppose the Islamist regime
According to a post shared by Mark Dubowitz, CEO of FDD, a non-partisan think tank based out of United States of America, the family of Mojtaba Khameinei has fled to Toronto amidst the rising protest.
Canada should be a refuge for Iranians fleeing the brutal regime not brutal regime officials and their families escaping justice. #IranRevolution #IranProtests2022 #Mahsa_Amini #MahsaAmini pic.twitter.com/0aItf2TFDm— Mark Dubowitz (@mdubowitz) October 2, 2022
For the unversed, in Iran under the "hijab and chastity" law women and girls over the age of 9 are required to wear a headscarf in public.