This may seem at first glance to be gratuitous, rude, juvenile, etc. But it must be seen against the backdrop of 40 years of women being harassed, threatened and imprisoned for not wearing hijab.
These days I’ve been receiving many videos from inside Iran where schoolgirls & boys knock turbans off clerics as part of anti regime protests.
Removing the turbans of clerics has turned into an act of protest after regime killed hundreds of innocent protesters. #MahsaAmini pic.twitter.com/guoOrwIhca
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) November 2, 2022
If you really want to know why knocking off turbans of clerics has become a sport in Iran, just watch this video, then you will understand their anger the teenagers. For years clerics have been harassing women in the streets for hijab.#MahsaAmini
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) November 6, 2022
#Iran: Following the “Knock the turban off” trend, Iranian Shiite clerics started appearing in public without their turbans
I see a lot of symbolism here – the ongoing protests started because demonstrators wanted to fight for a woman’s right to walk in public without… (1/2) pic.twitter.com/cYuBLGJtw1
— AbuAliEnglish (@AbuAliEnglishB1) November 6, 2022
“Youths in Iran hit and strike turbans of Islamic clerics in protest against hijab, videos viral,” OpIndia, November 6, 2022:
Visuals of young Iranians knocking clerics’ turbans off their heads have gone viral on social media as protests over the execution of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Iran intensify. As part of the ongoing protests against the authoritarian government that makes hijabs obligatory, many videos of schoolboys and girls striking clerics’ turbans and running away have gone extremely viral on social media.
In one video that has gone viral, a young lady can be seen approaching a man wearing a traditional robe from behind and striking his white turban hard enough to cause it to fall to the ground. The Muslim preacher bends down to pick up his headpiece as the woman departs without turning around.
International anxiety over Iran’s response to the protests has increased, prompting a new form of protest. Iran’s authorities warned demonstrators to leave the streets, yet demonstrations nonetheless took place. Social media users posted videos demonstrating that the protests are still going strong.
The public’s worries about Iran’s response to the demonstrations are growing as a result of this unique display of contempt for the nation’s religious establishment. According to reports, hundreds of people were killed by Iranian security forces during the protests that broke out when Mahsa Amini, 22, died while being held by Iran’s morality police after being arrested for improperly donning her headscarf….
It is worth emphasising that women in Iran are forced to wear a hijab, which covers the head and neck and hides the hair, under Islamic law, which has been in place since the 1979 revolution. While Iranian women battle to be emancipated from the restrictions of headscarves, the hijab is used to further the Islamic agenda across the world.