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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr: The backlash in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini

People in Tehran gather in protest against the death of Mahsa Amini who died after being arrested by Iran’s morality police. Photograph: Getty Images
Ppl in Tehran gaɖr in protest agnst ɖ deʈ v Māsa Amīni hu daid aftr biyñ arestd bî Iran’z mraḷti p’līs. Foṭgraf: Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on ɖ baclaś in Iran folowñ ɖ deʈ v Māsa Amīni

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Observer on 25 September 2022)

Ɖ p’raia stet’s reźīm z nt invinsbl. F it dz’nt fri its ppl, ɖe wl fri ɖmslvz – snr rɖr ɖn lêtr

Súnde 25 Sptmbr 2022

Ɖ  rspons v ɖ Ireńn reźīm t ɖ deʈ in p’līscusṭdi v a 22-yir-old wmn, Māsa Amīni, z dsmeyñli fmiłr. Frst, ɖ oʈoṛtiz laid abt ẃt hapnd, clemñ Amīni daid v naćṛl cōzz dspt îwitnis tstiṃni ɖt ś wz rpitidli bìtn bî ofisrz. Ɖen, az demnstreśnz spred acrs ɖ cuntri, ɖe atmtd a cuvr-up ẃl dnǎnsñ ɖ pṛtstrz az eṇmiz v ɖ Izlamic reṿluśn.

Nǎ, fesñ un’swejd public fyri n an incrisñli p’liṭsîzd baclaś, reźīmlīdrz hv lōnćt a vayḷnt cracdǎn, cōzñ mor deʈs. Marćrz at stet-orġnîzd cǎntr-demnstreśnz dmand ɖ x’kśn v “ofndrz v ɖ C’rān” ẃl Tehran’z msnomrd intelijnsmiṇstri slandrz pṛtstrz az sdiṣ́nists opozd t rlijs valyz.

Ɖs grim sīqns v ivnts, ẃl pridictbl, z bʈ infyrietñ n dstresñ, prîmṛli fr Amīni’z faṃli, bt olso fr ol ɖoz in Iran sīcñ t bild an opn ssayti ẃr hymn rîts, n wimin’z rîts in ptiklr, r rspctd. Similr protests in ɖ past, sć az ɖ Grlz v Reṿluśn Strīt Muvmnt in 2018, pṛdyst nt ćenj bt rnyd rpreśn.

It me b difṛnt ɖs tîm. Ɖ breṿri v yuñ wimin in cnfruntñ ɖ s’kṛtiforsz n ɖ so-cōld mraḷti p’līs (Gaśti Erśad or “gîdns ptrol”) z inspîrñ. Ɖe r s’portd bî mni yuñ men n ńmṛs uɖrz amñ an oldr popyleśn xōstd bî svir ic̣nomic hardśp, ofiśl c’rupśn n ɖ iḷjitiṃsi v rūlñ poḷtiśnz hu stoul ɖ 2021 ilex́n.

Ɖ iśu ɖt léd t Amīni’z arest – “in’proprịt” wẹrñ v ɖ hijab – hz hyj simbolic sgnificns. Cmpulsri ys v ɖ hijab wz intṛdyst bî Ōyatŭlā R’holā Ħomenī’z folowrz aftr ɖ 1979 reṿluśn az a mīnz v prjñ rîvlz. Ɖz dez, it z yzd t xrt sośl cntrol n crūdli cīp wimin “in ɖer ples”.

Yt most Ireńnz rjct ɖ mandetri nećr v rlijs reğleśnz, seyñ hijabwẹrñ z a wmn’z ćôs. An indipndnt srve in 2020 faund ɖt 72% opozd cmpulsri hijab. Folowñ Amīni’z deʈ, sivl-ssayti orġnîześnz n s’lebṛtiz hv cōld fr rform. Sm rlijs līdrz admit ɖ lw dscredits Izlam.

Ɖ demnstreśnz t det d nt mać in sîz ɖ midl-clas uprîzñ, noun az ɖ Grīn Muvmnt, ɖt iruptd aftr ɖ dspytd 2009 preẓdnśl ilex́n. Nr hv ɖe atend ɖ levl v līʈaḷti sìn jrñ 2019’z neśnwîd ic̣nomic protests, ẃn hundṛdz v ppl wr cild. Bt ɖe d repriznt a sirịs wornñ, poṣbli a last ćans, fr a moṛli bancrupt, dspotic reźīm.

Iran’z prezidnt, Ibrahīm Raīsi, cmplend at ɖ YN in Ny Yorc last wīc abt wstn dubl standdz on hymn rîts. Ɖe srtnli xist, bt ɖt hardli jusṭfîz ɖ hrific abysz ovr ẃć h prizîdz. Ntorịs xamplz includ ɖ atrośs trītmnt mȉtd ǎt t ɖ wimin’z rîts dfndr, Nasrīn Sŭtūde, ys v torćr n hostijtecñ afctñ dyl naṣ́nlz.

Raīsi mst pt hiz ǒn hǎs in ordr bfr ɖ ppl rîz p n d it fr him. Jst bcz intrnl uphīvlz ofn cm t nʈñ dz nt mīn ɖ reźīm z invinsbl, az ɖ Śa dscuvrd. Il hlʈ afctñ Iran’z ultra-riax́nri, 83-yir-old s’prīm līdr, Ōyatŭlā Alī Ħaṃne, sjsts ćenj z cmñ. Nǎ wd b a gd momnt t rīʈnc Iran’z fyćr at hom n in ɖ wrld.

Iran apirz còt in a tîmworp, fîtñ ɖ batlz v ysṭyir. Ɖ YS z no frend, bt Jo Bîdn jenyinli wonts a ńclir dīl. Ɖ Gulf Aṛbz r mcñ pīs wɖ Izrel. Rifts ɖt dfînd ɖ Midl Īst fr jeṇreśnz r clozñ. Tde’z ćaḷnjz r globl. Iran cd śed its p’raia steṭs n bcm a gret neśn agn – f onli its ppl, n ispeṣ́li its cruwli oprest wimin, wr set fri.

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