No hijab, no interview. The CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour refused to wear the veil for a meeting in New York with the conservative Iranian president Ebrahim Raisisparking the reaction of the Tehran leader who promptly canceled the face to face. This was told by the same reporter, of Iranian origin, while for days in the country there have been demonstrations to report the death of Mahsa Aminithe 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died while in the custody of the moral police for not wearing the Islamic veil correctly.
“I think Raisi doesn’t want to be seen with one woman without veil at a time when protests are raging in her country, ”Amanpour herself explained on her Twitter account. “And so we left. There was no interview. With protests continuing in Iran and people being killed, it would have been an important moment to speak with President Raisi, “wrote the journalist, who posted a photo of her without headgear next to the empty chair in the place where the interview should have been held on the sidelines of the General Assembly of theUn. A gesture reminiscent of that of Oriana Fallaci who in 1979, at the end of an interview with Ayatollah Khomeini, took off her veil. Shortly before her, the head of the Islamic revolution had told her that “the Islamic dress is for young and respectable women”, sparking the indignation of the reporter who defined the scarf as a “stupid rag from the Middle Ages”.
Symbolic gestures that have been repeated for days in Iran, where a human tide is challenging the regime by praising Amini’s courage. The demonstrations, in over thirty cities, aim to break the taboo and place power in front of an unprecedented challenge. But the cost in terms of human lives is very high: according to the NGO Iran Human Rights (Ihr) based in Oslo, are at least 31 civilians killed by repressionwhile state television released another budget talking about 17 dead between demonstrators and policemen. Hundreds of wounded and mass arrests..