The protest against the hijab in Iran has now taken a new turn. Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi is in America these days. Here he was scheduled to have an interview with Christiane Amanpour, the chief anchor of an international news channel.
Why are women in Iran forced to wear hijabs?
But the anchor refused to wear the hijab in front of him and this interview could not take place. Now, anchor, Christiane Amanpour has said many things about this by tweeting one after the other. At the same time, there was a clash between the protesters protesting the hijab in Iran and the security forces. In this 31 civilians have died.
Violent protest against hijab in Iran, 3 dead; 220 wounded
Christiane Amanpour wrote on Twitter that opposition to the hijab in Iran has intensified. After the death of Mahsa Amini, the women there are burning their hijabs on the streets. There has been news of the death of 8 protesters last night. She wanted to question Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi about this.
He said that this would have been the first interview of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on US soil. He is currently on a trip to New York to attend the United Nations meeting.
After weeks of hard work and 8 hours of brainstorming with a translation device, we were ready, but there was no sign of President Ebrahim Raisi’s arrival. Meanwhile, a colleague of his came, who said that he will have to wear a hijab as it is the holy month of Muharram.
40 minutes after the interview had been due to start, an aide came over. The president, he said, was suggesting I wear a headscarf, because it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar. 3/7
— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022
He refused it. We are in New York and there is no custom or law to wear the hijab in America. He told the presidential aide that no other Iranian president has said this in the past, whenever he has interviewed him.
Then his colleague made it clear that this interview would not happen. He flatly refused this and in the end, this interview did not happen. Demonstrations continue in Iran, people are dying.
31 protesters killed in Iran
Meanwhile, there is news that there was a clash between protesters and security forces in Iran. 31 people have died in this. Mahsa Amini died in police custody in Iran.
The death of 22-year-old Mehsa Amini has further fueled the ‘anti-hijab’ movement in Iran. Amini was arrested for roaming the capital Tehran without a hijab. Shortly after her arrest, she went into a coma and died in police custody three days later (September 16).
The protests are more fierce in Urmia, Piranshahr and Kermanshah. At the same time, protests are also taking place outside the headquarters of the United Nations in New York.
According to Reuters, the Internet has been banned in Iran due to increasing protests against the government. Instagram and WhatsApp have been banned.
With Agency Input