Angry and grieving Iranian activists launch poster campaign in New York’s Times Square asking for help from Big Tech

It has been more than 40 days since Mahsa Amini, 22, was beaten to death while detained by Iran’s brutal morality police for failing to wear the mandatory Muslim headscarf.

At least 250 people have been killed in the unrest since Amini’s death, including 27 children, according to Javaid Rehman, a UN human rights representative in Iran.

The United States announced sanctions against 14 individuals and several entities, including six government officials responsible for violence against Iranian militants. But Iranian activists like journalist Masih Alinejad, who is in the United States and faces death threats, say the Biden administration can do much more.

“The whole world ignored it for eight years. They were like, ‘You know, it’s part of your culture. We don’t want to touch it.’ For me, it’s sad. It’s more than sad that it didn’t take Mahsa Amini to be killed for the whole world to understand that it matters,” Alinejad told Fox News.


In this photo taken by a person not employed by The Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, students at the Sharif University of Technology attend a protest on October 7, 2022, sparked by the death in September of Mahsa Amini, 22 years old. while he was in the custody of the country’s vice squad.
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“It’s the Rosa Parks of Iran. It’s like the women suffragists. … This is just the beginning. Iranian women are furious, and burning their headscarves, taking to the streets in large numbers across the Iran, they send a message to the rest of the world that this is a revolution not only against compulsory hijab, but also against the gender apartheid regime.”

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Friday sent a letter to tech companies including Google, Facebook and Apple, urging them to expand communications services in Iran. Activisits say that’s how the Biden administration can help, with technology like Starlink for protesters to communicate.

Video from cities in southeastern Iran showed Iranian security forces firing on protesters on Friday as they shouted “Death to Khamenei”, Iran’s supreme leader. At least two were killed.

Alinejad, who has 8 million social media followers and 24-hour security in the United States due to threats from the Iranian regime, says it’s different from the crushed Green Revolution of 2009.

“It’s different because it’s the first time in history that women across Iran have burned their headscarves. It means we’ve had enough. We want to end this barbaric regime,” he said. she declared. “That’s why I’ve always said that compulsory hijab is like the Berlin Wall. If we succeed, we could tear down this wall. The Islamic Republic will not exist.”

Students at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences waved their headscarves in the air as they chanted ‘freedom, freedom, freedom’ to mark the 40th day of mourning after Amini was allegedly murdered by Iran’s brutal morality police for showing her hair.

Iranian activist Masih Alinejad

Iranian activist Masih Alinejad

In Amini’s hometown, tens of thousands ignored government threats and roadblocks this week and showed up to mourn.


The Iranian Diaspora Collective, a nonpartisan, multi-faith group, bought a billboard in Times Square with an image of Mahsa Amini and three silhouettes of women holding their headscarves and the words “Woman Life Freedom,” a message that they want on billboards in cities across the United States to highlight what they say is the revolution unfolding in Iran. They raised over $420,000 through a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for more billboards.

Alinejad began posting videos of women removing their veils in 2014 in a Facebook thread called “My Stealthy Freedom”. She says she first realized how oppressive the Iranian regime was when she was 7, when her parents were preparing her for school and trying to tame her curly hair. It was then that she realized her hair was controlled by the government.

Demonstrators gather outside the White House to protest against the Iranian regime in Washington on October 22, 2022.

Demonstrators gather outside the White House to protest against the Iranian regime in Washington on October 22, 2022.
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“I remember when I had to go to school, I had to cover it – like big hair, massive hair. It wasn’t easy. My mom was holding me, and my dad was just, you know, cutting between , like, getting some of the hair so it’s easy to cover it up,” Alinejad recalled, showing a photo of herself when she was 7 years old.


Now two Iranian journalists – Niloofar Hamedi, who first reported on Amini’s death at the hands of the vice squad, and Elaheh Mohammadi, who covered Amini’s funeral – are charged with espionage. Hamedi has been detained in prison for more than a month. Journalists’ watchdogs say the lives of these two female journalists are now in grave danger.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iran’s Intelligence Ministry are trying to blame the CIA, Mossad, MI6 and the Saudi government for initiating the protests.


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