For the last three months, Iran has been in a state of civil unrest since blasphemous tourist Mahsa Amini was punished by the country’s purity police for having the audacity to wear her mandatory hijab raised a few inches. The religion of peace was successfully avenged, as Amini died of her injuries, after suffering head trauma, cardiac arrest, and being in a coma for two days.
The incident sparked a series of acts of protest and authority defiance in which Iranian people have given free rein to Islamophobia. Even schoolgirls have demonstrated their zealotry by daring to remove their hijab and walk down the street with their hair uncovered. There have even been incidents in which protesters have exhibited their discrimination by knocking off clerics’ turbans.
The Iranian regime, made up of devoted, meek, and oppressed Muslims, did not stand idly by, so they responded as religiously as possible and have already started handing out death penalties. And they have not been slow to carry out the sentences, either — this week saw the return of public executions when the Khomeini regime carried out the second death penalty for instigating all this Islamophobia:
Majidreza Rahnavard was sentenced to death by a court in the city of Mashhad, a centre of the protests, for allegedly killing two members of the paramilitary Basij force and wounding four others. The Basij, affiliated with the country’s feared Revolutionary Guards, has been at the forefront of the state crackdown.
The pro-government Mizan news agency published a collage of images of Rahnavard hanging from a metal crane, his hands and feet bound, a black bag over his head. Masked security force members stood guard in front of concrete and metal barriers that held back a crowd early on Monday morning.
As if news in this corner of the planet were not frightening enough, there are now reports that women in Afghanistan also harbor Islamophobic sentiments, as many of them have voiced their support for the Iranian people. Bigotry definitely knows no boundaries.
If Islam loses, the region could see a dystopian future where women can decide over their bodies and wardrobes, LGBT people can date whomever they like, people can freely express their opinion on deities, and —terrifyingly!— children might no longer be taught to love death more than Westerners love life.