Protesters burn hijab in the streets of Tehran. Photo: AFP
The anti-hijab protests in Iran are taking the shape of a nationwide movement. So much so that the Iranian regime, which wants the world to see the protests as nothing but a small agitation, has issued its first death sentence linked to the anti-hijab protests.
What: Death penalty has been awarded to an unidentified protester for allegedly setting ablaze a government building.
Iran has called the protests "riots" instigated by foreign powers.
What the world is doing: The European Union announced a fresh wave of sanctions against 29 Iranian individuals over the regime's crackdown on anti-hijab protests.
EU has sanctioned 29 Iranians and three entities with travel bans and asset freezes. People in the bloc also cannot send money to the sanctioned individuals.
Among those sanctioned include Iran's Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi and the head of the Iranian Cyber Police Vahid Mohammad Naser Majid.
History of the veil in Iran: The current anti-hijab "protests" seem like a revolution in the making in Iran, something that French President Emmanuel Macron also acknowledged calling the protesters "children of revolution carrying out their own revolution".
During the 1979 Iranian revolution, wearing the veil became the symbol of resistance against the Pahlavi monarchy which had banned women's veils in public in a bid to "modernise".
Fast forward several decades, the removal of women's veil has become the symbol of resistance against the regime that imposes mandatory veiling in public.
The lesson here is perhaps governments should stop telling people, and especially women, on how to dress and what to do.