Iran’s regime is once again utilizing brutality in its crackdown, but the young women’s movement has left it confused about how to respond.
Professor Fatemeh Shams tells Christiane Amanpour that she feels the protests in Iranmight be a turning point forIran’s regime.
Fatemeh Shams is a Persian literature professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She took part in the 2009 anti-government rally. She is keenly monitoring the recent protests in Iran on social media.
In an interview, she stated that the women’s movement is already altering Iranian politics.
We are witnessing generational shifts, a profound shift in this generation's standards and beliefs. I believe this is a watershed moment. That is precisely the reason.
We can see today that women and women's rights are taking center stage in this demonstration. And the majority of the demonstrators on the street are from the age group born after 2000. Many of the young protestors who have been shot in the street in the last three weeks are 16 or 17 years old. This, I believe, is a very obvious and obvious transformation and movement in futureIranian politics. In addition, there has been a generational shift in core standards and beliefs.
What we observed in response to the brutal crackdown on students and teachers who were blasted with rubber bullets and then arrested is that international academia is responding very quickly and forcefully denouncing the crackdown on Sharif University's campus. On the other hand, I believe that choosing the Police Academy for his address after three weeks of quiet is a very revealing gesture against academia and the student movement, which has been one of the primary and biggest engines of change and social protests in Iran over the last four decades. Let us not forget, at high schools and universities that these girls, these high school girls, came out exactly one day after the brutal raid on the university. This was absolutely unplanned. These girls lack a leader. These young ladies are not looking for a leader. They are the ones in charge. And the fact that they are the key drivers of change right now, I believe, indicates that there is a shift in future Iranian politics. Towards a far more radical or ordinary citizen-based politics that is truly linked to global transnational movements. Those leaderless movements that we are seeing and have seen in the past, like the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, or the anti-easterly movement in Chile and Ecuador. These are, in my opinion, instances of tremendously empowered and empowered residents of the country. And by attacking this generation, the Islamic Republic is basically committing political death against itself. This generation is considerably different from the 1980s; their imaginations and goals are vastly different.
We don't want to be instructed on how to dress by the state or anybody else. I believe these women are taking a significant risk. But we've gotten to the point where I believe their wrath is out of control. This outpouring of indignation will be remembered as a watershed moment in the history of women's movements and Iran.
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