Seven to eight – “Pure courage”, “Tears in the eyes”, “Unbearable images”: the tweets very moved by a report on the revolt of Iranian women

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This Sunday, October 9, 2022, Seven to Eight moved internet users with a report on the riots against the oppression of Iranian women. Many tweeters hailed the courage of these women, ready to risk their lives for freedom. Alongside these strong images, another subject on a pair of Swiss tiktokers seemed to them very empty …

Like every Sunday, TF1 viewers could find their news magazine Sept à Huit. This October 9, 2022, the program presented by Harry Roselmack specifically offered a report on a pair of Swiss tiktokers to 20 million subscribers. Nicolas and Daniela have amassed 5 billion views on Tiktok, and do not hesitate to share the most intimate moments of their lives, from the marriage proposal in the Dubai desert to the first cries of their son in the bathroom. I leave: so Nicolas learns to him at the same time as his subscribers that he will become a dad. Between schoolboy sketches like “A guy, a girl”, a sitcom project and juicy partnership proposals from the brands, the reportage immersed viewers in the very exposed and somewhat “overrated” (according to the tweeters) everyday life of this star influencer couple. It is therefore difficult to negotiate the turning point with the issue that followed: the revolt of women in Iran. Especially since the report, particularly harsh, aroused a powerful wave of emotions on Twitter. And for good reason …

Since the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16, who allegedly was tortured by the police for not covering her hair sufficiently, Iranian women (and Iranians, as the document shows) have rebelled in increasing numbers against the current regime. The report specifically followed a thirty-year-old woman, renamed Roya for not being recognized, who had participated in the demonstrations. To go shopping bare-headed in the streets of Tehran, this young woman risks being whipped and months in prison. But that doesn’t stop him from facing the dangers. Followed by cameras from Seven to Eight, Roya went to a supermarket, where she met two women without headscarves like her. “Courage is transmitted, you become brave like a lioness and you say to yourself ‘I’m not alone'”, she then rejoiced.

“Great respect for these women who fight”

His apartment has become a veritable headquarters for demonstrators, where his supporters march with good and bad news. Like that of the arrest of a friend of theirs … It is difficult for them to obtain reliable information: the internet is cut off by the authorities between 16:00 and midnight, time of the demonstrations. Going to protest on the street, Roya and her friends take all the risks. The crackdown is said to have already killed 185 people. Very shocking scenes in the report showed an Iranian man shot dead in his car for expressing his support to protesters by honking his horn.

On 20 September Nika Shakarami, 16, disappeared during a demonstration. Her body was found ten days later. During an interview with a foreign media, her mother says her daughter was beaten, her skull pressed. For her part, the cousin of another victim of the repression, Mahsa Amini, granted an internet interview to the teams from Seven to Eight. He evokes the pressure of the regime after the death of his cousin: “They want our family to say that Mahsa has had a disease since childhood, but that’s not true.”

The relationship then returned to Roya’s actions. Distrustful of plainclothes militiamen who shoot those who openly film demonstrations, the 30-year-old had an idea: to hide her phone in a box of tissues placed on the dashboard of her car. At your own risk … On Twitter, the courage of Iranian women who put their lives in danger to regain their freedom impressed many people. And many viewers wanted to virtually support them.

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