In the nearly 3 months since Mahsa Amini died in the custody of the Iranian morality police, young women have protested her death, the mandatory hijab, and the existence of the morality police. Yesterday, the first protester charged with a crime during the protests was executed. Reportedly at least a dozen more people have been sentenced to death.
Joining us to talk about this moment and the history that lead up to it is Fariba Parsa. “Iranian people want regime change. Iranian people want a democratic, secular government. That’s the reason they continue, because they have a vision for a future Iran,” Parsa says. “People are done with this regime, and just look at the future–the future that’s so much brighter, so much better. That’s the reason they continue. Hope for a better future and the vision for a democratic, free Iran.”
The price for that hope has been high, but Parsa thinks this time is different because the world is listening to chants of “women, life, freedom.”
Fariba Parsa Ph.D., specializes in political ideologies of democracy and civil movements in Iran. She worked as an assistant research professor at George Mason University and has conducted research at Harvard University and the University of Maryland. Dr. Parsa was born and raised in Iran where she began her political activities at age of 15. She fled Iran at the age of 17, because of the threat from the Islamic Republic of Iran .
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