Iranian police recently announced that they would no longer be arresting women who fail to adhere to the strict Islamic dress code put in place after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Though this is a step in the right direction, the announcement sparked protests for not going far enough.
Although arrests will end, women can still be made to attend mandatory classes for failing to observe the dress code. If they’re caught multiple times, they still face the possibility of legal action.
Since the announcement, local activists have taken to the streets to voice their opinions.
These protestors want the dress code completely revoked, and think that this move is only a half measure.
Armin Navabi, Iranian-born author, was on site capturing some of the moments of the protests on video.
He posted a few of them on Twitter, and one particular video sparked discussion on various social media platforms.
— Armin Navabi (@ArminNavabi) December 29, 2017
“This woman in
#Iran took off her #Hijab to protest the mandatory Islamic dress code imposed on Iranian women. #IStandWithHer #IranProtests #Islam,” Navabi tweeted.
The video showed the woman standing above the crowd, waving her hijab like a white flag.
The original tweet has already received over 15,000 retweets and over 32,000 likes. Many are calling this woman a hero for her defiance in the face of oppression.
Twitter and Facebook users have run with the #IStandWithHer hashtag, praising this woman’s bravery. Her action is drawing attention to the massive protest against oppression in Iran.
This protest is the biggest in the country since 2009’s disputed election. So far demonstrations have been raging for the last six days.
At least 450 people have been arrested while protesting. It’s not clear if this brave woman was taken into custody.
Some prominent legal experts in the country say that some of those arrested could face the death penalty for their actions. The death toll from the protests is already over 20 people.
While we in the US bring in the new year, it’s important to think about the struggle our brothers and sisters face in the Middle East.
This woman’s action has become a sign of defiance in the face of oppression and should be recognized and celebrated by everyone who prizes freedom.
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