IRAN

“When men saw women being beaten they snapped”

A protestor photographed on Dec. 27 in Tehran. Source: . Sheema, a protestor who took part in Sunday's demonstration, tells us about how a group of officers were caught by protestors, and about the abuse of women at the hands of Basij militiamen. Read more...

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A protestor photographed on Dec. 27 in Tehran. Source: Teheranlive

Sheema, a protestor who took part in Sunday's demonstration, tells us about how a group of officers were caught by protestors, and about the abuse of women at the hands of Basij militiamen.

More footage of the clashes

“In Iran women are considered sensitive creatures”

Sheema, 26, is a Fine Art student from Tehran.

We were charged at by every kind of authority - Basij militiamen, plain clothes officers, revolutionary guards, riot police, ordinary police…

Dec. 27 at Vali Asr roundabout, Tehran. Source "alpaka101". The police charge at 1'10.

This is the first time I’ve seen people so angry. Primarily because of the last few days of suppression; we didn’t think they’d shoot at us again. But what really got people mad was the police abusing women. In Iran women are considered sensitive creatures, that men are expected to protect. So when men saw women being beaten by the police, they snapped.

Dec. 27, Tehran. Source: "Iran's Freedom of Expression" Facebook group.

During the clashes I saw a lot of Basij thrown off their motorbikes and some of them beaten and their motorbikes set alight.

Dec. 27, Tehran. Source: UNITY4IRAN. At 0'18, a rider is taken down by protestors.

I also saw women trying to protect the police at some points, holding out their hands and letting the police get away from the crowds.

Dec. 27, Tehran Source: Teheranlive.

At another point I saw a group of officers cornered by protestors. They begged not to be beaten. And then several women came pushing through between the crowds and the officers to protect them. It was a great moment for humanity.

Dec. 27 in Tehran. Source: Greenpower.

Later I saw one cornered Basiji shouting ‘don’t beat me, I’m against the regime too!’ That made the people laugh and they let him go.

I think that by showing humanity towards our enemy we’ve claimed a moral victory. Hopefully put the police off when they go to beat us too.”