Protests in Iran: The revolution is being tweeted again


In Iran, people have been demonstrating against the regime for days. Reports from the country are rare. But videos on social media give an idea.

A man reads an Iranian daily newspaper.  On the cover is a portrait photo of Mahsa Amini

The death of 22-year-old Masha Amini sparked nationwide protests in Iran Photo: Abedin Taherkenareh/epa

BERLIN taz | Anyone who wants to get an idea of ​​the current protests in Iran will find what they are looking for on the short message service Twitter. Dozens of videos are now being shared there showing demonstrators - not only in the capital Tehran, but also in many other places in the country.

The videos are mostly only a few seconds long. They therefore always show only small excerpts. What is in the area remains unclear. So the picture remains blurred, you mustn't overinterpret it.

It is also only rarely possible to see how large the crowd of demonstrators actually is. It is doubtful that they actually shape the cityscape, especially in a city with a population of more than one million like Tehran. In most cases, without precise local knowledge, it is not even possible to verify the place of origin.

Nevertheless, from the large number of videos one can get an overall picture that points to a new quality of the protests. The taz has therefore collected a selection of the videos here.

one of the first protest videos apparently came from the city of Saghez in the Kurdish part of Iran. There lived 22-year-old Masha Amini, who was arrested by the police in Tehran last week, allegedly because of the "un-Islamic" fit of her headscarf, and died shortly afterwards. The case has the protests in the country triggered.

The video is intended to show how women took off their headscarves in protest on the sidelines of Masha Amini's funeral in her hometown on Saturday.

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Since then, videos have often been shared in which women cut off their hair in protest, which Iranian law says they should cover with a headscarf. This compilation of two such videos has been found particularly often since Sunday.

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Meanwhile, women also dare to cut their hair in public - cheered by the surrounding fellow demonstrators. This video is supposed to show protests in the provincial capital of Kerman, which is a good 1,000 kilometers south-east of Tehran. It was created no later than Tuesday.

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The scene is still there from a different perspective, also with the note that she is from the city of Kerman. It can be clearly seen that many men also applaud the woman. And that many are filming the scene with their cell phones, presumably to spread it on social media.

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At many demonstrations, women also throw their headscarves into a fire - or at least symbolically a scarf. This video of a woman dancing around a fire was originally shared by opposition channel Iran International, which broadcasts from abroad. It is said to have come from the city of Sari, located in the north of the country on the Caspian Sea. The location is confirmed in this tweet.

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During the demonstrations, there are always clashes with the police. In this scene from Sunday, a water cannon apparently has to retreat from the demonstrators in Tehran. The pictures can be locate using Google Maps. They were taken at Valiasr Square, a large roundabout and metro station in Tehran near the police station where Masha Amini was taken.

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Also the next video shows resistance against police forces. It was posted on Tuesday and is said to be back come from Kerman. You can see how civilian forces want to pick up a demonstrator on the street, who is then freed by bystanders.

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Whether this is the exception or the rule cannot be judged from the outside. Other videos show seriously injured demonstrators beating cops. Document more videos massive police action.

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Apparently the police did too Tear gas grenades even in a subway station thrown in Tehran, where protesters were located.

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Nevertheless, demonstrators do not appear to be intimidated by the actions of the police. This video posted on Wednesday Said to show a police kiosk in the western Iranian city of Hamadani that was set on fire by protesters.

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This scene is meant to showas protesters in saris remove pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, from City Hall in Sari on Tuesday.

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And in Rasht, a town northwest of Tehran on the Caspian Sea, demonstrators apparently have the ball rolled away from a monument in a central square.

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All of these scenes, it cannot be stressed enough, at best reflect excerpts from the situation in Iran.

The taz is currently trying to get reports from the country. But that is not easy, because authors living in the country could be endangered by their reports.





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