A video allegedly showing unarmed Iranian men “risking their lives” to protect women from police has gone viral on social media.
The video was posted to TikTok on Wednesday by Goldie Ghamari, a member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) in Ontario, Canada, who wrote: “Unarmed Iranian men are risking their lives to protect Iranian women from the illegitimate and terrorist Islamic regime in Iran . #MahsaAmini #IranProtests.” It has received over 230,000 views and more than 700 comments. You can watch the full video here.
protests in Iran
On September 16, protests erupted across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini – a 22-year-old Kurdish woman accused of violating a strict law requiring women to wear their hair completely with a hijab, or headscarf, in public to cover. Iran’s “moral police” reportedly arrested Amini on September 13 and beat her before taking her to Tehran’s Vozara detention center. She died in a hospital three days later, and while Iranian officials claim she died of a heart attack, some reports say she died as a result of torture and ill-treatment by the authorities.
In protest, female students in Tehran took off their headscarves and chanted: “We don’t want forced hijabs.” Some women in Mazandaran reportedly burned their headscarves on the city streets and one woman cut her hair in Kerman’s main square.
“In our literature, hair cutting is a symbol of mourning and sometimes a symbol of protest,” Faezeh Afshan, an Iranian chemical engineer living in Bologna, Italy, told CNN. “If we can cut our hair to show we’re angry … we will.”
Unfortunately, some protests have turned violent, and at least 41 people have died as of Sunday.
“risk your life”
Ghamari’s video allegedly shows Iranians clashing with police, although she doesn’t specify where. At one point in the video, a woman attacks the police but she is pushed to the ground. Two men intervene and try to create a physical barrier between her and the police, but she gets up and runs towards the police again.
When an officer pulls her to the ground, the same two men rush to her aid. A few more men pass by, including one who appears to be arguing with police, and the video ends with several men escorting the woman away.
Ghamari did not say who took the video, nor did he clarify whether or not the incident took place during a protest. news week asked Ghamari for comment.
Several viewers thanked Ghamari for drawing attention to the Iranian protests, while others applauded the alleged protesters for their bravery.
“To see her stand up for herself when she is rightly afraid – she and all those who fight injustice have my utmost respect. Truly an inspiration,” the elderly gentleman wrote.
“I can’t wait for everyone to unite and realize how strong they are as a unit. The government has no power over the united peoples,” Summer added.
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