With many of the Iranian regime’s officials warning people about new repressive orders, especially against the youths and women, the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei defended these orders in his latest meeting with the Friday prayers leaders and praised the actions of the regime’s so-called guidance patrol who are targeting the country’s women.
He claimed that the women’s wish to have the freedom to choose their own clothing is the ruse of the West, therefore encountering it is necessary. He claimed, “Over the course of more than four decades, Iranian women have been able to be present in scientific, social, athletic, political, managerial, economic, and cultural fields. They have achieved great accomplishments, all while wearing the Islamic hijab and the chador.”
In reality, most of Iran’s intellectual women have been forced to leave the country. How could such a claim from the supreme leader even be possible when under his rule, women are even forbidden from activities such as singing, and even riding a bike?
In a recent interview with the state-run news agency ILNA, Mohammadreza Bahnar, a member of the Expediency Council, threatened and warned the youths about resisting the regime’s repressive forces, saying, “Some may turn the subject of hijab into an aggressive weapon against the system. These cases should be dealt with forcibly. At some point, someone may say that it is hot, and I cannot wear a chador or scarf. And part of her body may be visible. And while someone may use this as a destructive weapon to deal with the system, it is natural to deal with these cases with no limit.”
Such comments are not without consequences for the regime, such as the attacks against the regime’s repressive police force and security organizations.
Recent reports by the state-run media have indicated an increasing number of attacks against the regime’s forces, with the people having no other solution to defend themselves and their relatives, even in the most primitive cases.
Last year, the Fars news agency published a report about the wave of attacks on police and security forces, citing Hossein Ashtari, the regime’s chief of police and the chief commander of General Command of the Law Enforcement.
In that report, it stated that 30 of the regime’s oppressive officers were killed by armed men in the last few months of 2021. Ashtari emphasized that some of the officers were from the forces of the regime’s guidance patrol, and some were from the judicial system.
It appears that these statistics have undergone serious changes this year, with the number of attacks on the security and police forces increasing rapidly, indicating the severity of people’s outrage against the regime. In democratic countries, law enforcement is in the favour of the people’s safety and security, and attacks against them are deemed unreasonable. However, this does not apply to Iran, where police forces work alongside the regime’s Basij and IRGC forces, who are the main forces behind the repression of citizens.
This became evident in the protests of November 2019 and the water protests of Isfahan in November 2021, where the regime’s police force killed more than 1500 people and blinded dozens by shooting them at point-blank range with pellet guns. The truth of the matter is that the repression of the youths and women in Iran is completely institutionalized.
The regime is trying to prevent any major protests from emerging due to the catastrophic economic situation in Iran, in which naturally the youths and women are the propellant force. As time goes on, the tolerance of the people is reaching its threshold, and attacks against the regime’s forces will only increase further, even though most of the people involved in such incidents know that in the case of arrest, they will likely face the death penalty.
This has become a severe challenge for the regime, so much so that Hossein Salami, the head of the IRGC, comforted the regime’s forces during the so-called Malek Ashtar festival, encouraging them not to fear the increasing attacks.