Enraged residents of Tehran staged a protest rally outside Kasra Hospital, where Mahsa passed away. Demonstrators chanted: “Death to the dictator”, “Death to Khamenei”, “We are all Mahsa”, and “Fight and we will fight back”.
Mahsa’s death embodied the suffering of Iranian women
Mahsa, a 22-year-old girl from Saqqez in Kurdistan province, was arrested on September 13 in Tehran under the pretext of being “improperly veiled,” and was severely beaten by police, according to eyewitnesses. She went into a coma, and a photo of her in the intensive care unit at the hospital went viral.
Mahsa’s death embodied the suffering of Iranian women under the ruling theocracy over the last 43 years. It sparked protests in Iran’s volatile society, where people are suffering from the country’s economic crisis, which is the result of the regime’s corruption and incompetence.
Iran’s state media, particularly those of the so-called “reformists,” have warned of the dangers of ongoing protests while attempting to sell the public on the fabrication that Mahsa “died suspiciously” and whitewash the regime’s security forces. Nonetheless, their admissions reveal the regime’s current situation and failure to control Iran’s explosive society.
The state-run Mostaghel daily
“Officials refrain from showing the slightest flexibility in the face of domestic and international issues. They claim by taking one step backward, we should continue backing down from our positions and lose our hegemony,” the state-run Etemad daily wrote on September 19.
“Iranian youth were trained in our schools and raised while listening to official learning methods and lessons. If officials consider these young men and women to be norm breakers, shouldn’t we doubt our educational system first?” On September 19, Etemad Daily reported.
“When you tell the Iranian women to wear what I, as the ruler, say, they naturally ask what this so-called Islamic State has achieved for us as human beings and half of Iran’s population that our outfit should represent and preserve it?” Etemad continued.
The state-run Mostaghel daily acknowledged on Tuesday why people do not believe the CCTV footage of Mahsa apparently collapsing in police custody without being touched.
“There is nothing wrong with the people. These people who don’t believe the narrative of Mehsa Amini’s natural death are the same people who have not forgotten that our TV strongly denied the hypothesis of downing the Ukrainian passenger plane for an entire week, and dozens of news, analysis, and experts tried to prove it was an accident,” the paper acknowledged.
Mahsa was arrested on September 13 and beaten by the regime’s morality police under the pretext of “mal-veiling.” She went into a coma for three days and died on September 16.
“The root of this inability lies in the domination of the security perspective on the media, as well as some fundamental and theoretical contradictions at the level of the top management of broadcasting, which unfortunately still remains. In the complex world of the media, there is a war of narratives going on.”
“While many religious and political figures have called out strict measures in dealing with women, the question now begs why some officials and forces use these types of actions, damaging the entire system,” the state-run Arman-e Melli admitted on September 19.
Many regime officials have recently admitted that Mahsa’s murder triggered four decades of bottled-up rage and hatred for the regime. People believe that the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and his president, Ebrahim Raisi, are responsible for the deaths of Mahsa and countless other women. People would not stop protesting against the genocidal regime even if the regime dismantled its morality police, despite what the state-run media tried to persuade them.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) offered her deepest sympathies to Mahsa Amini’s family yesterday and called for public mourning.
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