Academy Award winner Viola Davis spoke about Iran’s humanitarian crisis as more than 15,000 people have died at the hands of the authorities following the Mahsa Amini protest wherein the Iranian government used tear gas and live rounds, making it the deadliest protest since the 2019-2020 protests. Read on to know how the 57-year-old actress is spreading awareness.
Stricter Punishments For Protesters
American actress and producer, Viola Davis came forward to support those who are fighting against what happened with Mahsa Amini. The 57-year-old actress took to her Instagram and shared how protestors are being slain at the hands of the current Iranian Government.
She wrote, “Omg!!! This is a humanitarian crisis 💔. Iran is sentencing 15,000+ people to death – as a “hard lesson” for all rebels. How this isn’t getting more coverage right now is beyond me, but that needs to change now! Please take the time to share this information.”
She even asked her 10 million followers to tag news outlets along with state and local politicians to shed light on this story. Viola further narrates, “After numerous calls for harsh punishments in recent days, the Iranian parliament on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favour of the death penalty for protesters.”
She continued, “Iran has been experiencing unprecedented levels of protests and civil unrest since the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16. The 22-year-old Kurdish woman was arrested by the country’s “morality police” for supposedly wearing an “improper” form of hijab during a visit to Tehran and allegedly beaten severely while in custody.”
“The Help” star revealed that Iranian lawmakers have, in recent days, called for strict punishments for the protesters who have been arrested. She mentioned that on Monday (Nov 14.), CNN reported that a letter signed by 227 members of the Iranian parliament urged that the protesters be given harsh punishment that “would serve as a good lesson in the shortest possible time.”
And within a day, the Iranian parliament voted t impose the death penalty on all protesters in custody as a “hard lesson” for all rebels. She concluded, “The majority in favour of the penalty was considerable, 227 out of the 290 total members.”
After Viola posted this message, many came to her support in the comment section. One said, “What can we do to help ? Any suggestions? Ideas ? This can not be happening.” Another said, “thank you for using your platform to amplify their voice.” One fan showed support by writing, “I tagged every news, talk show, politician, and celebrity I could think of.”
Another fan wrote, “Thank you, Viola! We’ve been screaming ourselves hoarse for WEEKS about this. SOS!! #mahsaamini #womanlifefreedom.” Another wrote, “virgins …RAPE…please I CANNOT read this…heaven …😳 that heaven isn’t it, it should be called HELL…what 😢.”
One Iranian wrote, “So disgusting that this is how they’re treating women in that country. These are the same women who gave birth to these men and are birthing children of these men…my stomach is in knots!” Viola’s post has received more than 367K likes.
The Mahsa Amini Case…
Iran, once ‘run by a great leadership’ before 1979, was known for its rich culture and was respected by others. The Persian empire was the greatest of all, known for its innovation, science, mathematics and poetry.
However, after the Islamic Republic regime took over and forced its ideology, propaganda and dictatorship on the people. It slaughtered, murdered and stole from innocent people. Now, Iran is hated by every single country because of its horrible government and for being the biggest sponsor of terrorism. If you’re not aware, Iran has undergone a negative change since the Iranian Revolution and noticed the Islamic republic come into energy beneath Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
A few months back, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old innocent girl, lost her life following her detention by the country’s morality police for “improper hijab”. This sparked protests across the country as women protesters continue to cut their hair and burn hijabs. Many protestors from Iran have sought help from American celebrities to highlight the issue on the world stage.
The innocent girl was severely beaten by Guidance Patrol officers, an assertion which has been denied by Iranian authorities. The Mahsa Amini protests began in Tehran on Sept. 16, 2022, against the government, and have resulted in civil unrest. Protests first began at the hospital where Amini was treated and then quickly spread to other cities, from Amini’s home province of Kurdistan to cities like Saqqez, Divandarreh, Baneh and Bijar.
As a result, civilians have been barred from internet access, and shockingly, more than 200 protestors have been killed as a result of the government’s intervention, and more than 15,000 have been sentenced to death. The Iranian government has used tear gas and live rounds, making it the deadliest protest since the 2019-2020 protests.
Nothing has been done, except for the fact that the United States Department of the Treasury has sanctioned the Guidance Patrol and several high-ranking Iranian officials. And yea, the war of narratives is being fought on social media.
Previously, Britney Spear’s husband, Sam Asgahri, who is of pure Persian blood, took to his Instagram, to reveal the dark side of Iran, and how women are struggling amid the horrible government that has taken away everything from its people. In a heavy voice, he added that the country is now known as the biggest sponsor of terrorism, and is hated by every single country because of its horrible government.
Iranian protestors have urged celebrities to come forward and become their voice. For instance, celebrities like Sam Asghari and Leah Remini have already raised their voice against the brutality against these protestors. But again, are the superpowers sleeping over this matter? Why is nothing being done yet?