"So far we have had 300 fatalities, the number of unreported cases is much higher. Among them are 50 children, the youngest victim is eleven years old. 14,000 protesters have been arrested, this is a small German town and show trials are taking place in prime time on propaganda television. And what happens the next day? People take to the streets again and again and again. What is that if it's not a revolution?", says Düzen Tekkal in the 401st episode of the podcast "important today".
In the past decades, many Iranians in the country and also those living in exile have remained silent because many were afraid of the secret police. The regime has not just been killing people for a short time, as Düzen Tekkal says in an interview with Michel Abdollahi: "In Iran, people have been murdered for the last 43 years, there have been executions, people have been hanged, there are violations of women's rights - but what did that interest us? What's new is that we are confronted with the courageous pictures that people shoot for us on the streets risking their lives and that we, as activists from day one, have also supported this process and it's about a new form of audibility , of visibility, which we are also confronted with in German living rooms. And where, fortunately, resistance is also stirring on the part of civil society, while the federal government is still much too quiet."
Here in Germany, too, Iranians in exile are not safe from the regime. "People from Iran say we don't need your help. But: be our voice, don't stand in our way. Put pressure on your politicians too. Make sure these embassies, which we call espionage, are closed -Perceive embassies. The Iranians in exile are afraid of their own embassies. They are attacked and beaten up when they demonstrate in Germany, not in Iran. That shows how dangerous this mullah regime is," said Tekkal at "heute important".
Young people in particular are at risk of being arrested, tortured and ultimately killed. Anything to bring down the regime. But it's only through these courageous people that we get a glimpse of what's going on on the streets. But the journalist Düzen Tekkal also describes a dilemma in which young people in particular find themselves: "Many say we are already in prison anyway, you can't go on with this quality of life anyway, that's why these pictures are created, the keep us awake, that young women stand on the street and say: Shoot me in the head, because I don't want to go on living like this anyway!"
Don't miss an episode of "Today's Important" by subscribing to our podcast on: Audio Now, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Castbox or your favorite podcast app. If you have any questions or suggestions, please write to us at email@example.com.