The Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi yesterday canceled an interview with CNN in New York after the host, the war reporter Christiane Amanpourrefused to wear thehijab during the conversation.
As revealed by Amanpour herself on social media, the highly anticipated interview “it would have been the first ever of President Raisi on US soil“, in conjunction with his stay in America for the General Assembly of United Nations. “After weeks of planning and eight hours of setting up translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were ready. But no trace of President Raisi“, tweeted Amanpour.
After having made a sort of “antechamber” of 40 minutes on her session awaiting her arrival, an assistant to the president approached the presenter and asked her to wear the veil: “I politely refused“arguing that in New York”there are no laws or traditions on the veil. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president requested this when I interviewed them outside of Iran“.
Raisi’s assistant, at that point, communicated that the interview was uncovered it would not take placesaying it was “a matter of respect“in reference to the current situation in Iran. Amanpour went on its way and said it regretted that during the riots in Tehran it would have been important to listen to Raisi’s opinion.
A few days ago, the Iranian president had already given an interview to the program 60 Minutes of the CBS. In that case, reporter Lesley Stahl wore the hijab. And not only. She confessed how she was given a sort of vademecum before the interview to tell her “how to dress, not to sit before him and not to interrupt him“.
In both cases, Raisi’s imposition originates in the mass protests that these days in Iran are led by women, after a young 22-year-old girl, Mahsa Amini, was killed for being beaten by the “moral police” (after a few hours in a coma in the hospital) for wearing her hijab inappropriately. In fact, immediately after her arrest, she was beaten in the van in which she was taken to a “re-education” center for failing to comply with the country’s mandatory hijab rules. Iranian women then showed their anger by cutting their hair and burning up their veil, in open dissent with the impositions of the Islamic regime in power and the regressive practices that are imposed on the population.
In the background of the tragedy, however, there is a plane of extraordinary contingencies of a political, geopolitical and economic nature. Indeed, Iran has never been so close to Russia as it is now, it is actively engaged in supporting the project of a “new world order” which should have Asia as its epicenter and the United States as a deposed power. in a context of renewed tensions in the area due to both clashes with Israel than to the attempt to cancel the pressures of the years of US intervention in Iraq.
Thus, both in Iran and in the anti-American slice of the world, Mahsa Amini is considered a “Trojan horse” of pro-Western detractors, as argued by the Foreign Minister of Tehran. Hossein Amir Abdollahianwho tweeted: “An order was issued to open an investigation into Mahsa’s tragic death, who, as the president said, was like our daughters“, accusing the US of using human rights as a” tool “against opponents. Raisi, in fact, to get away from the accusations had made it known that he had contacted Mahsa Amini’s family, expressing his condolences and promising in-depth investigations to clarify the dimensions of the ‘accident.
The theocratic model of Iranian society, however, is creaking like never before for the first time in the past 40 years. Also in consideration of the precarious health conditions of Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran who succeeded Ayatollah Khomeini and is given up for dead every week, the “pre-revolutionary” accents of the Iranian people are becoming more and more vehement. And the unprecedented component is that, after Mahsa’s death, this time the rebellion is taking on a pink hue.