Iran disbands subcommittee, sets up ‘committee of inquiry’ into protests
Moral police abolished in Iran. Although viewers did not see women being forced to wear the veil, the dissolution was a victory for the women’s movement in Iran. In addition, there is a committee to investigate current protests – but it will not be representative.
I amIn Iran, according to the attorney general, the auxiliary police, which until now were primarily responsible for enforcing dress codes for women, has been disbanded. “The sub-committee has been disbanded, but the judiciary will continue to deal with this social challenge,” Attorney General Mohammad Zafar Montaseri said on Sunday, according to the Shark newspaper. There are no further details about the circumstances and implementation of the resolution.
Critics of the political leadership reacted cautiously to the announcement. An Iranian activist wrote on Twitter that the problem is not moral policing, but removing the headscarf requirement. “Women should go everywhere without the veil,” he demanded. This is “only the first step.”
According to observers, disbanding the deputy squad would not mean an end to mandatory veiling for women, but would represent an important partial victory for the women’s movement in Iran.
FDP Secretary General Bijan Djir-Sarai described the dissolution of the moral police as a “detour maneuver” by the state leadership. “The regime is going to collapse, trying to save itself with diversionary maneuvers,” Iranian-born Tzir-Sarai told the Funke media group’s newspapers. “The majority of the people knew the lies of the leadership and did not stop” – the people wanted to eliminate the Islamic Republic, the politician explained.
Commission of Inquiry to study protests
The para-police force was the catalyst for more than two months of anti-establishment protests in the country. In mid-September, Islamic Moral Guardians arrested 22-year-old Mahza Amini. A few strands of hair are said to have peeked out from beneath her veil. Amini died a few days later in the custody of the subcommittee. Since then, people in Iran have been fighting against the Islamic system and its laws and regulations.
These protests should also be about: It was also announced that an inquiry committee would be set up to clarify the reasons for the protests that have been going on for more than two months in the country. However, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday that demonstrators, system critics or other political parties should not participate, the Ilna news agency reported.
The protesters had no representatives, “Plus, we were dealing with rioters and troublemakers, not demonstrators,” Vahidi said of the reasons for the exclusion of protest representatives. According to the minister, the inquiry committee “is to investigate the roots of the protests, so only concerned officials and independent lawyers will participate in the committee’s deliberations,” it said.
Since the protests broke out, many women, especially in big cities, have defied the veil requirement and Islamic dress codes. According to Islamic law, women must wear headscarves and long, loose coats to cover their hair and body shapes in public. The law has been part of the Islamic organization’s socio-political doctrine for more than 40 years, which it calls “to save the country and its people from Western cultural invasion.”
According to human rights activists, around 470 protesters, including 64 children and 60 security forces, have been killed since the protests began. Official information on this is contradictory. The Security Council talks about 200, 300 dead Revolutionary Guards commanders.
Also, thousands of students, journalists, athletes and artists have been arrested in the last two months. Some demonstrators have even been sentenced to death by revolutionary courts. More protests – and strikes, according to opposition sources – are planned across the country from Monday.
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