From his tiny room in a major Europe city, 24-year-old Iranian student Kaveh* has spent most of the last fortnight following the protests in his home country and trying to spread information about them through the world. Ensuring that hashtags related to the protests stay visible on Twitter is now his main concern, keeping him awake and at his screen every night.
“How can I sleep when a revolution is blooming back home?” he asked.
Kaveh is not alone. For thousands of Iranian women and men now living outside the country, there is a feeling of helplessness that they cannot participate in the protests against the rule requiring women to wear hijabs in public.
That has driven them to organise protests in the cities in Europe and the US, and to police the internet to combating the fake narratives the Iranian government has been churning outas it tries to portray the movement as a conspiracy of the West.
Said Kaveh, fighting back tears: “This is not about me. This is about the women of Iran, who have been the punching bag of the despotic regime for decades.”
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