More well-known public figures in Iran have spoken out in support of the ongoing protests against dictatorship in the country sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini last week.
The musician Homayoun Shajarian wrote on Instagram, which is presently down in parts of Iran: “None of us are happy in these bitter days. Is there any will on the part of the authorities to respond reasonably to the demands of an honorable, noble nation? If so, then why so many delays?”
Mohsen Chavoshi, a pop singer, published a post on the same platform on Wednesday: “I hereby announce, in full awareness and health, that from today I will stop all my cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance… and will continue to sing for the people. Silence is no longer acceptable."
Mehdi Mahdavikia, a former footballer with Iran's national team who now plays for Hamvurger SV, decried the uncontrolled violence of security forces deployed to stifle protests in cities across Iran. “You will make people hate you more,” he wrote. “Beating up women? Shame on you."
One must ask oneself how the merry-go-round works. Step off and observe. Reaction breeds reaction. Emotion fuels reaction. By rebelling against the protests that ultimately make them money, and "fame" in the headlines. The headline would cease to exist if the protest had never been created. Where did it star t? They ultimately create more money for themselves in the future by appearing as if they are not creating insanity when they in fact are. Further dividing is their goal for control. What race are they in and what are they waiting for? I hope not the space race. For example, why would one go Nuclear once again when Nuclear never works? One must innovate to separate and succeed without a race but the want to advance in one's own mind. Genius sits alone and doesn't need an audience. ... read more