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Week 39: Debaters disagree on why the protests in Iran have become so powerful

The Iranian protests have once again interested the Swedish debaters this week - perhaps as a response to last week's criticism of a lack of support after mahsa Jina Aminis death. This week's debate has also discussed the veil and how, according to the debaters, it symbolizes the systematic the oppression of women.

The oppression of women in Iran is described as one of the cornerstones of the dictatorship in Isobel Hadley-Kamptz's article i Dagens Nyheter. She highlights that women's protest against Khomeini's harsh control more than women's bodies have been around since 1979 and it continues to be seen CHANGE Today.

Dagens Nyheter instead compare the wave of protests in Iran to the violent protests three years ago that were a consequence of the regime's economic incapacity. This is something that characterizes the country to this day through high unemployment, increased inflation and poor handling of the pandemic.

Although Sweden received criticism in a debate article in Expressen written by 29 different opinion leaders, researchers and representatives from different organisations. They criticize that representatives of the feminist government donned the veil during a state visit to Iran.

- For the Iranian regime, the veil has been one of the most important ideological elements, write the debaters.   

The wave of protests in Iran

The oppression of women is the cornerstone of the dictatorship - now is there is a revolution underway
Isobel Hadley-Kamptz, Dagens Nyheter  

The oppression of women runs parallel to Iran's economic collapse
Gunnar Jonsson, Dagens Nyheter 

No more veils on state visits
29 different opinion leaders, researchers and representatives (see full list of writers at the bottom of the debate article), Expressen

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