Protests calling for justice, truth, and the restoration of women’s rights are spreading across Iran over the death of a woman in her 20s, who was assaulted by the police for not wearing a hijab in Iran.
According to various broadcasters, protests broke out in at least four cities, including the capital, Tehran, starting the day after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, on September 16th.
The first protests took place on the 17th, in Amini’s hometown of Sakej, northwestern Kurdistan state. Women attending the protest took off the obligatory hijab and waved it in their hands.
Some shouted, “Death to the dictator!” at Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. According to Iran International, police violently suppressed protesters with shotguns and tear gas, killing about 40 people and leaving two in critical condition.
However, protests only intensified. In Sanandaji, the capital of Kurdistan state, police used shotguns and water cannons to disperse protesters, injuring 10 people and arresting 12.
Dozens of students also protested at the University of Tehran in the capital, Tehran. Students shouted slogans such as, “From Kurdistan to Tehran, Iran is bleeding.” Some students marched carrying placards with phrases such as ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ and ‘I don’t want to die.’
There was also a movement to protest Amini’s death online. Videos of women taking off their hijabs or cutting their own hair have circulated on social media.
Source: Yonhap News
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)
Heavenly Father of Iran, we have heard of the protests and deaths in Iran. Lord, have mercy on these women, who are oppressed and suffering under evil and wicked rulers. Intervene in every process and situation and show your reign soon!
May the theocracy of the Iranian regime, and all their theories, thoughts, and evil laws raised against the knowledge of God fall before Jesus Christ. Let all their thoughts be taken captive to obey Christ!
May the women and people of Iran who have longed for freedom and truth hear the gospel, repent, and turn to Jesus Christ, not to the false promises of the world. May they find the eternal freedom and peace that comes only through Jesus Christ.
However, even now, we know God is doing a new work in Iran and is already enacting a great revival. May the Iranian church remain as your pure bride who loves only Jesus, our bridegroom, to the very end! As the reign of our holy God comes upon Iran, we believe that all of Iran will bow down and worship you, Jesus, the King of kings, soon. Amen!