BLM, Ukraine women of Iran, China ...refuse to be slaves
n.b. The national anthem of The People’s Republic of China contains the line;
“Rise up those who refuse to be slaves”
Being brought up in England, where the national anthem, unusually, is about a person, not the nation, I have not had much time for national anthems, but the anthem of the PRC, as reported in The Guardian newspaper, has a line that I would happily sing.
It appears that the people of China have taken the wordsto heart. After nearly THREE YEARS of the Zero Covid policy some have had enough.
“…you may fool people for a time, you can fool part of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”
young people have lost fear of authority's fist new freedom riders
n.b. During my recent travels in the US I saw a statue of a woman sitting calmly. I saw the image repeatedly: in the Capitol in Washington DC; in Memphis TN; in Birmingham AL.
The woman was Rosa Parks. Her determined protest, to sit where she wanted to on a bus, regardless of the state law at that time that segregated people by skin coloration, fired up people tired of being oppressed, tired of being downtrodden. Her sitting down was a signal to others to stand up to inhuman authority.
In Iran, the people most oppressed by the theocracy, women, particularly young women, are tired of giving in too.
immorality police shoot into protest crowds Woman! Life! Freedom!
n.b. Forty days of mourning for Mahsa Amini has become a rolling waveof grief as other innocent school children (girls and boys alike) have been murderedby the authorities, with others who have committed the capital crime of calling out the repressionof a brutal theocracy.
Birmingham's children could not be silenced by hate nor Iran's school girls
n.b. School girls being beaten to death by Iranian security forces for refusing to be told what to wear and what to sing.
The Birmingham ‘Children’s Crusade’, equally spontaneous, filled Alabama’s police cells. The children knew that theirprotests, against violent racism, would clog up the legal system, without affecting the economics of their family homes, as a working parent being incarcerated would have done.
In Iran, the vicious treatment of women, is the response of men who have been told “No.”
never walk alone with hope in your hearts Iranian blues
n.b. Music-maker, Shervin Hajipour; poet, Mona Borzoi; footballer, Hossain Mahini; all arrested for voicing protest at the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini.
Mahsa had been arrested for failing to meet the strict dress code for women in Iran. She died three days after being taken from her family on their way to visit relatives in Tehran. She had been beaten on being taken into a police van, witnesses reported.
A song ‘Baraye’, released on social media comprising words from the voices crying out at this murder, is integral to the continuing protests. Change has got to come and music keeps the flame of hope alive.
You can hear it here. Every word has been taken from social media messages of protest beginning with “because…”
n.b. While in England we have skilled writers pedalling propaganda for the Brexit cause, in Mexico a journalist was shot down on the street near Jerez, after taking pictures of bodies of people murdered and left by a roadside.
In Iran a journalist alleged to have been using social media to encourage participation in the street protests against the theocracy of Iran in 2017 was executed this week.
Rullohah Zam, aged 47, was found guilty of “corruption on Earth”. Who could be so pure of spirit to qualify to pass a judgement on such a charge?
Jaime Castaño Zacarias was on his way to report on a local town hall meeting when he stopped to photograph the victims of a massacre. Thugs who run drug gangs in Mexico are thought to be responsible for all of the murders that prompted Jaime Castaño to stop and take photographs.