Some are attending mixed-gender parties (including weddings), drinking alcohol, listening to pop music, and some women are leaving the house improperly veiled (i.e. wearing revealing clothing or not wearing headscarves). These are all brave acts of defiance against a brutal system, which could leave the individual subject to a flogging, a fine, or a jail sentence.
The more people that flaunt these laws, the more the Regime tries to crackdown to assert control, but this shows us that change is inevitable if enough of the people want it. And, in Iran, enough of the people do want it.
Shahla Lahiji, a publisher and civil rights activist, said: “This ruling theocracy is stuck in its own proclaimed ideology, which is not clear and predictable. It cannot even accept an iota of change in law and can only tolerate change if is forced to do so by the people.”
While the Iranian mullahs certainly try to control all aspects of Iran, from the internet to the media to the courts to the education system, more and more people are choosing to bypass the Regime’s conservative grip.
Nader Karimi Joni, a journalist, said: “The social change is not reversible in Iran, because the traditions have changed; the way people interact and relate to each other has changed. No law or crackdown can reverse this.”
Now, the people across Iran are rising up to demand things like freedom of religion, freedom of dress, and human rights. All in all, the people know that the Regime won’t reform to provide this, so they need regime change.
Of course, while rebellions have their place – it’s undoubtedly what got rid of the Shah in the 1970s – subtle acts of disobedience help pave the way for these rebellions. So women who refuse to wear the headscarf paved the way for the protesters who ditched the “religious” garb during the recent demonstrations.
Hojat Kalashi, a sociologist, said: “We are changing nonstop, but the ruling establishment has no theory or vision how to run the country. They have no plan how to deal with needs and instincts of people.”
He believes that this will lead to the end of the Regime.
He said: “What is clear is that this conflict between gradual changing society and rigid laws cannot go on forever.”