Monday, December 5

An MEP cuts her hair to support the women of Iran: “Our fury will be greater than that of the oppressor”

The Swedish parliamentarian of Iraqi origin Abir Al-Sahlani has cut her hair with scissors during a debate in the European Parliament, emulating one of the gestures with which women in Iran are asking for justice for the young Masha Amini, who died in custody police officer after being arrested for wearing the veil incorrectly. “Until Iran is free, our fury will be greater than that of the oppressor,” Al-Sahlani claimed during the plenary session on possible sanctions against Iran.

In the session, Al-Sahlani criticized the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, for not having defended the position of Iranian women at the recent meeting of the United Nations Assembly. “They are paying the ultimate price for their lives, freedom. They have a courage that you have not shown, Mr. Borrell. At the UN Assembly he did not side with him and he could have. It is time to speak and act ”, he has reproached him.

Then, he addressed the leaders of the Islamic republic of the Asian country: “No god can forgive you for the crimes you are committing against your citizens.” “We demand an end to violence against women. Until Iran is free, our fury will be greater than that of the oppressors. Until women are free we will be with you ”, he has finished before taking scissors and cutting his hair from the European Parliament court.

Borrell, during the session, stated that the European Union will discuss in two weeks the possibility of adopting “restrictive measures” against Iran. “We will continue to consider all the options at our disposal, including restrictive measures, to address the murder of Masha Amini and the way in which the security forces have responded to the demonstrations,” said Borrell.

The head of community diplomacy has described as “unjustifiable” and “unacceptable” the “widespread and disproportionate use of force against non-violent protesters.” “People in Iran, like everyone else, have the right to protest peacefully. It is as simple as that. And it is clear that this right has not been guaranteed ”, he has affirmed about the protests that the Amini case has unleashed.

Swedish MEP Abir Al-Sahlani’s gesture joins that of other public figures who have shown their support for the protests in recent days. This Wednesday, dozens of French actresses and singers such as Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg or Isabelle Huppert have joined the protests with a video in which they appear on camera cutting their hair under the slogan “For freedom”. The images of the actresses and singers follow one another with the anthem Bella Ciao and the sound of the protests of the last days in the background. Most of the participating artists are French, although there are artists from other countries such as Belgian singer Angèle. The list also includes names such as actresses Jane Birkin, Bérénice Bejo or Isabelle Huppert.

Repression of mobilizations

Mahsa Amini, 22, died on September 16 after being arrested by the so-called Morale Police in Tehran for considering that she was wearing the Islamic veil wrongly. The protests over the death of the young woman are already in their third week and her profile has been changing, from large protests in the streets to mobilizations in universities and gestures of disobedience in the streets, such as removing the veil from she. The Police have suppressed the mobilizations with the use of batons, tear gas, water cannons and, according to the UN, live ammunition.

Iranian state television said more than a week ago that 41 people had died, but the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights put the figure at 92.