The journalist had to wear the garment that has set Iran on fire

The journalist had to wear the garment that has set Iran on fire
The journalist had to wear the garment that has set Iran on fire

After 40 minutes, the assistant appeared with an ultimatum. – It’s about respect, he said.

This is what it looked like when CNN veteran Christiane Amanpour refused to do what the president wanted. Photo: Taken from the Twitter account of Christiane Amanpour

Everything was ready for the interview. Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi should have the opportunity to explain himself about the protests that have spread throughout Iran in recent days.

Women in the country rage. They have taken to the streets, burning hijabs and cutting off their hair.

The reason is Mahsa Amini. Last week, the 22-year-old from the province of Kurdistan visited Iran’s capital, Tehran. Apparently she hadn’t covered her hair properly. That’s why the morality police, responsible for enforcing the dress codes that apply to women in Iran, arrested her.

On September 16, she died. She had then been in a coma for three days. The authorities say it was because of the heart.

It is a lie, Mahsa Amini’s father, Amjad Amini, told the BBC on Wednesday. The daughter had no health problems, he stressed.

He said he had been shown Mahsa’s covered body. He couldn’t see her upper body, but she had bruises up her legs.

According to witnesses, Mahsa was beaten up when she was arrested.

Protesters lit bonfires and set fire to religious posters in Iran’s capital Tehran on Wednesday. Photo: Wana News Agency / Reuters/NTB

Refused to submit

– We are now seeing the biggest challenge the Islamic regime has faced since 2019. Hadi Ghaemi, the head of the American think tank the Center for Human Rights in Iran, told Radio Free Europe.

He referred to the mass protests against the regime in 2019.

How is Iran handling what is happening? This is what CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour was going to ask Ebrahim Raisi about in the planned interview this week. Amanpour writes in one

where she tells what happened.

The interview should have taken place in New York. It would be Raisi’s first interview outside of Iran. But one important thing was missing: the president.

40 minutes after the interview was supposed to start, one of his assistants appeared. Raisi would only be interviewed on one condition, he said. Amanpour had to wear a headscarf.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was in New York on Wednesday to attend the UN General Assembly. During his visit to New York, he was to be interviewed by CNN. But when the experienced journalist did not dress as he demanded, the president refused to be interviewed. Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP/NTB

– It’s about respect, said the assistant. This is how Amanpour describes it in the Twitter thread.

Amanpour refused.

“We’re in New York. There is no law or tradition when it comes to headscarves,” writes the CNN veteran.

“So we withdrew. The interview did not happen. As protests continue to spread across Iran, and people are killed, this would have been an important moment to speak with the president,” Amanpour writes.

– An evil strategy

Human rights organizations say that at least 31 people have been killed in the protests. The news agency reported

Wednesday. Demonstrators have, among other things, set fire to police stations and police cars.

Now the regime is working harder to put an end to the riots. The army is deployed, Reuters reported on Friday.

Demonstrators in Beirut, Lebanon, hold up a poster with the image of Mahsa Amini at a protest on Wednesday. Photo: Mohamed Azakir, Reuters/NTB

Iran’s military claims the protests are part of a plot against Iran.

– These desperate actions are part of an evil strategy to weaken the Islamic regime, they said in a statement.

Arrested and “retrained”

On Thursday, the United States introduced sanctions against the morality police in Iran.

– The morality police are responsible for abuse and violence against Iranian women, the US authorities said in a press release.

– The moral police are responsible for the recent death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, they emphasize.

However, this is about more than Amini’s death, writes The Economist about the uprising led by women.

“Their minds have been nurtured by four decades of religious restrictions that have hit women the hardest.”

They point out that the country’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has tightened his grip on power. Iran is becoming increasingly conservative. Several hundred women have been arrested and sent to institutions where they will be “re-educated”, according to CNN. The practice was introduced in 2019.

However, The Economist is not sure whether the latest round of protests will lead to change in Iran:

“Many expect that after a few more days of killing, a blanket of fear will once again spread over Iran.”

The article is in Norwegian

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