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For over a month, the Iranian people have protested against the Islamic Republic of Iran, even as many of these protesters are killed, jailed, and tortured for doing so. But Iranian willingness to defy authority doesn’t seem to be letting up.
Several weeks ago, an Iranian female rock climber participated in a rock climbing competition in South Korea without being covered according to the government’s requirements. She was detained once she arrived back in Iran.
Yesterday, an Iranian woman ran the Istanbul marathon without her head covering.
Iranian skater Niloufar Mardani competed at Istanbul Marathon without a headscarf, defying the Islamic Republic's hijab restrictions.
Iran's Sports Ministry immediately announced she's no longer a member of national team, hadn't obtained a permission and was on a personal trip. pic.twitter.com/9RoQb8vxSO
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) November 8, 2022
Can the Iranian people topple the Islamic Republic, a dictatorship that has lasted 43 years? Many Iranians who now live in Canada, the United States, and Europe believe that these protests are different, more widespread, and that the regime is doomed. Other Iranians living abroad believe that Iran is headed to a civil war similar to the one happening in Syria.
I have a rooting interest in the people of Iran transforming their country from one that funds terrorism around the world to a free and democratic society. I will be watching events in Iran for as long as the people of Iran protest against their brutal government.Published in