May 7, 2019
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s appearance over the weekend on CBS’s Face the Nation showed him trying to convince someone — his minders at home, perhaps — that Iran is a moderate, trustworthy, and terror-fighting country.
The designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terror organization and the end of oil waivers, he said, would “show the Iranian people that the US is not worthy of being a negotiating partner” and the Trump administration is “squeezing the Iranian people, not the government.”
He added: “When the Iranian people are pressured, they do not respond with submission, they respond with resistance. They want us to represent them.”
That last one is a dead giveaway that the mullahs are nervous.
There is also “White Wednesday,” the women’s protest against laws mandating the wearing of the hijab. Shaparak Shajarizadeh, the iconic woman who stood on a utility box and waved her scarf, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. But women across the country have carried on, removing their headscarves and dancing in public — something also forbidden to women. They are supported by husbands, brothers, and fathers. They too face arrest and imprisonment.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who defended White Wednesday women in court, has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.
By the end of 2018, Amnesty International said that Iran had arrested more than 7,000 people.
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(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook, 07/05/19)