As the anniversary of Iran’s national uprising draws near, the religious fascist regime has made a significant move: the revival of the notorious Morality Patrol (Gasht-e Ershad).
This decision has already triggered intense reactions within ruling circles and among the regime’s staunch supporters. People, various groups, and the state media are expressing apprehensions about the potential consequences of this action.
A recent article in Bahar News newspaper highlights the confusion, ignorance, and disarray spreading within the regime.
Questions are raised as to why the Morality Patrol is making a comeback despite past troubles, protests, and unanimous declarations that the previous path was misguided.
Some speculate that this move could be a desperate attempt to divert public attention from an economy on the brink of collapse and increasing instances of hypocrisy, fraud, and misappropriation of endowments.
The lack of true representation for the people has further contributed to a sense of apathy and indifference, leaving the regime seemingly resorting to a repetitive game by reviving the Morality Patrol.
The reintroduction of the Morality Patrol is seen as extremely perilous, to the extent that even the regime’s so-called reformists are considering it an act of “self-destruction.”
Some individuals within the regime, like Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, the speaker of the parliament, are trying to distance themselves from the decision to avoid potential losses in the power struggle within the regime.
State-run newspapers like Farahikhtegan are attempting to shield the regime from a potential new crisis, possibly fearing that it could trigger another uprising. The prevailing unease stems from the perceived sensitivity of the hijab issue, which has taken on both cultural and security dimensions.
The decision to reinstate the Morality Patrol is widely regarded as a failed policy of the past, reminiscent of the notorious Morality Patrol’s methods.
Some involved in this controversial initiative are trying to rebrand it with new names like ‘Police Patrol’ or ‘Social Norm Patrol,’ claiming that its purpose is to provide “verbal notices” while showing respect towards citizens.
However, despite the approval of the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, no party is willing to take full responsibility for the decision, resulting in what they call a “responsibility crisis.”
Many of the regime’s experts are warning that the potential resurgence of the Morality Patrol carries significant implications for society and public opinion.
Any decisions concerning this institution could profoundly affect Iranian society, and the government’s indifference or lack of a clear stance on the matter is deeply concerning.
Amidst the debates, one thing remains evident: the regime’s police emphasize the necessity of the Morality Patrol, indicating that Khamenei aims to suppress women in an organized and systematic manner.
This approach suggests that the regime perceives women as potential leaders of the uprising and views them as a threat to the established order, capable of instigating overthrow.