Moral police may be disbanded in Iran – calls for nationwide strikes and rallies

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The Iranian moral police will be disbanded. At the same time, the leaked recording of the conversation shows the concerns of influential people in the country.

Updated on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 1:59 PM: According to the German government, abolishing the moral police in Iran will not change the demands of the Iranian people. A spokesman for the Foreign Office (AA) in Berlin said on Monday (December 5th) that the protesters who have been protesting in Iran for months are not just about dismantling the moral police or abolishing the headscarf requirement. People wanted to live “in freedom and self-determination”. This was reported by AFP among others.

Moral police may be disbanded in Iran – calls for nationwide strikes and rallies

Updated as of 6:30 AM, Monday, December 5, 2022: Activists in Iran have called for new nationwide protests and strikes. The so-called 14-15-16 protests – the date of the numbered Persian calendar month of Azar – are expected to last from Monday to Wednesday and will hit the Islamic establishment particularly economically. Hence, Iranian citizens are also called upon to refrain from shopping during these three days in order to prevent the flow of money into the Iranian banking system. According to activists, as many shops as possible should be closed, especially in economic centers like bazaars in big cities.

Ahead of the three-day protests, Iran’s Attorney General’s announcement of the sub-committee’s disbandment sparked debate in the country. On the one hand, it was seen as a stage victory for the women’s movement in Iran. On the other hand, everyone agreed that the move would be pointless without removing the veil requirement for Iranian women, which has been in place for more than 40 years. “Dissolving the sub-committee is necessary, but not enough until the mandatory dress code law is amended,” political scientist Abbas Abdi said on Twitter.

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Demonstrators gathered in front of the Iranian embassy in London. (Image archive) © Vuk Valcic/dpa

For observers, statements such as disbanding the moral police, amending the laws or promises in Parliament about planned inquiry committees were only attempts by the organization to calm the tense situation ahead of the three-day protests.

Hackers publish secret chat logs

+++ 10.45 pm: A recording of a conversation between influential people in Iran, classified by many experts as authentic, has made its way onto the internet after a hacker attack – and offers insights into the regime’s problems. Population in months. This was reported by the news magazine among others Spiegel. During the conversation, officials confirmed for the first time that protests by the majority of the Iranian population could pose a threat to the country’s rulers.

A person identified as the voice of former Iranian leader Ali Khamenei’s former spokesman Qasem Qureshi called on future official statements to defuse the situation and refer to the protests as “complete riots.” Qureshi described the role of oppressed women in the protests as “strange and disturbing”.

Doubts Over Dissolution of Moral Police in Iran: Critics Talk of “Propaganda”

Qureshi sees more women in Iran, including prominent women, taking off their headscarves and protesting in public. Spiegel– Report the dangerous “domino effect”. As a countermeasure to this “domino effect,” some men in the debate suggest putting more women in full veils, called chadors, in public to direct the public’s gaze.

+++ 4.35 pm: After the attorney general’s announcement that the so-called moral police had been abolished, observers in Iran spoke of a diversionary tactic. Journalist Gilda Sahebi described it on Twitter as Iran’s “propaganda” and noted local connections. Meanwhile, Natalie Amiri, former head of ARD’s Tehran studio, made the connection with the general strike called in Iran. Nevertheless, he described the dissolution of the organization as a “partial success”.

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+++ 1.35 pm: In an unusual move, Iran has announced that it will set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the reasons behind the protests that have been ongoing 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.

+++ 10.40 am: Iran’s Moral Police has been disbanded, according to the Justice Department. “The morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary and have been closed by those who established them in the past,” Mohammad Zafar Montazeri, the attorney general in the central Iranian city of Qom, said, according to the Isna news agency.

Iran’s Morality Police May Be Disbanded – New “Hijab Law” Planned

First Statement: Tehran – People are protesting in Iran Death of 22-year-old Kurd Mahza Amini against the regime. The young woman was arrested by the vice squad in mid-September for allegedly violating the dress code. Strands of hair peek out from under her veil. So far, according to human rights activists, around 470 demonstrators have been killed in the protests.

According to the Attorney General, Iran’s parliament is now reacting as the subcommittee previously mainly responsible for enforcing women’s dress codes has been disbanded. “The sub-committee has been disbanded, but the judiciary will continue to face this social challenge,” the paper said. Shark Attorney General Mohamed-Jaber Montaseri on Sunday (December 3). There are no further details about the circumstances and implementation of the resolution.

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Protests in Iran: Critics sound wary of dissolution of moral police

Critics of the political leadership in Iran He responded cautiously to the announcement. After all, moral policing is not the issue, but helmets are. An Iranian activist posted on Twitter: “Women go everywhere without veils,” she demanded. This is “only the first step.” Other observers see the disbanding of the moral police as not necessarily an end to mandatory veiling, but an important part of the women’s movement’s victory. Iran can represent.

An Iranian lawyer announced on Friday that he will work with the Iranian parliament on the veil law. In the Islamic Republic, a law forcing women to cover their heads is under investigation. ISNA news agency reported that Montaseri announced that “Parliament and the Judiciary are working” on the issue. He announced the results “in a week or two,” but did not comment on what might change to the original law.

Iran: Protests continue against dress codes for Iranian women

The sub-police was the catalyst for the system-wide protests that have been ongoing in the country for more than two months after the death of 22-year-old Amini. from Wearing the headscarf is mandatory when protests break out And Islamic dress codes are ignored by many women. 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 socio-political doctrine of the Islamic organization for more than 40 years, which it calls “to save the country and its people from Western cultural invasion.”

More protests – and strikes, according to opposition sources – are planned across the country from Monday. (ktho/vbu/skr/dpa)

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