In Iran, demonstrations rarer, but the protest still present

Women in a street in Tehran in July 2022. AFP - ATTA KENARE

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The Iranian government has sent a signal of appeasement by releasing many detainees as part of an amnesty of unprecedented scale, while demonstrations are becoming rarer.

But five months after the death of the young Mahsa Amini, hope has not disappeared among the protest movement. 


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In the fall, F. (a pseudonym) demonstrated in the streets of his city.

Since then, the mobilization has weakened in the face of repression, she admits.

I think the protests have diminished across the country.

It makes sense, because they kill us, they imprison us.

So things are done more discreetly.

We try to protect ourselves while waiting to see what can happen

,” she explains.

According to human rights organizations, nearly 500 people were killed during the crackdown on this protest movement in Iran.

But the revolt left its mark.

Many Iranian women

no longer wear the headscarf

in defiance of the laws of the Islamic Republic.

We know we are on the right side of history.

We know that in the end, we will win,

continues the young woman.

It's scary to think of those who will lose their lives along the way.

But we are full of hope, we try to remind everyone what "Woman-Life-Freedom" means and why we are fighting this fight.


In recent days, prison doors have opened for some of those arrested since the start of the protest movement sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini on September 16.

The number of releases was not specified by the authorities.

But the reformist daily


gave an idea of ​​it by publishing the photos of about fifty liberated personalities.

Among her, the filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof or 

the Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah


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