Security forces have used maximum violence but have so far failed to quell protests and demoralize Iranian youth and women.
PARIS, VALDOIS, FRANCE, Oct. 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Protests and youth in Iran: A generation fighting for freedom will not tolerate oppression.
Nationwide protests in Iran have entered their second month despite the regime’s harsh crackdown and the death of more than 400 protesters. Iranian youth are playing a prominent role in the current protests, forcing tightly controlled state media to acknowledge this fact.
“Obviously young people are the backbone of the protests. For many of them, participation in demonstrations is their first political and social action,” the state organization Hamandishan wrote in this regard.
This article highlights how the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, accosted by the police, sparked these protests. “But this tragedy is no longer the denominator of these demonstrations, and the protesting population is no longer just the youth. Everyone who takes to the streets these days and protests in any way challenges the system in place. They are revolting against this ‘cemetery peace’,” the article read.
Many observers believe the protests have turned into a revolution. Deep anger has been building for years and the current uprising is the broadest manifestation of a restless society. Generation after generation after the 1979 revolution, Iranians have experienced the regime’s corruption, oppression, restrictions and mismanagement.
“Iranian society is full of abandoned problems. Undoubtedly, the consequence of ignoring social diversity and pluralism or of imposing [the regime’s] the ideological criteria and the norms of daily life will lead to a social explosion,” wrote the government daily Sharq on October 14.
Security forces have used maximum violence but have so far failed to quell protests and demoralize Iranian youth and women. People sing in the streets: “When someone falls, a thousand rise”.
“This generation is courageous, committed and resilient. They are constantly updating and clarifying their solutions. They are dedicated forces that are not afraid of war and minefields, and such forces are destined for immortality and will undoubtedly tire any conventional force,” Hamandishegan wrote in this regard.
These chartists and these values are shared by all Iranians of different generations.
Over the years, young Iranians have taken to the streets to demand their rights, but the regime has responded violently, killing and arresting thousands. Like other generations, Iranian youth now yearn for freedom and are on the path that tens of thousands of martyrs have paved with their blood.
Young Iranians share the same values as those who have resisted the regime for four decades. These values guide them in rejecting old rules and laws and striving for a free society, free communication and freedom of expression.
Values are mental processes, both cognitive and emotional. They combine representations, concepts, goals and beliefs with positive or negative valences of emotional attitudes. Therefore, each generation tends to live up to the ideals and values they grew up with.
The uprisings of previous generations stemmed from different social reasons and sometimes from the struggle for power at the top. But the 2022 protests erupted due to a clash between regime restrictions and the people’s demand for freedom. As a result, as the protests continue despite the heavy crackdown, more and more young people are approaching Iran’s main opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), and joining the Iranian “resistance units” network. ‘organization. The United of Resistance are the pioneers of the current protests and have acted as hammers to break the atmosphere of fear with their operations.
Masoud Faruzandeh, a state-affiliated researcher, told the official IRNA news agency: “The engine of the recent movement is leaning towards the middle class, including women, students and artists. The core is made up of students and women and a non-radical majority. Of course, radical and rebellious tendencies leaning towards the MEK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party are also visible.
It is not a coincidence. The MEK fights for a free and democratic Iran and defends the values to which Iranian youth aspire.
In a nutshell, the nationwide protests in Iran are not just an emotional reaction of some “deceived youth”, as apologist state officials try to imply. These protests are organized and have a clear objective: regime change. This is the cause that several generations claim and pay the price for.
The world community should support this just demand and recognize the Iranian people’s right to self-determination and self-defense against a brutal regime. Iranians, especially the new generation, are destined for freedom. Will the international community stand on the right side of history and help them?
Ms. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), addressing the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran’s Freedom in the British Parliament, explained developments regarding the national uprising in Iran and outlined expectations of the Iranian people of the international community.
Mrs. Rajavi, in her October 18 video message, called for the recognition of the Iranian people’s right to self-defense and said: It is time for Western governments to reconsider all their relations with the criminal regime.
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