Official figures show Iran’s youth aged 15-29 make up 24 percent of the population. That is about a quarter of the country’s 80 million people.
Whether they are supporters of the reformists’ favourite Hassan Rouhani or they are for the conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi — one of four sharia law judges who oversaw executions of thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s — Iranian youth seem to have a passion for politics.
Euronews met Reihaneh, one of several young people arrested for dancing to Pharrel Williams’s song “Happy” and posting it on-line.
She said it was a supportive tweet from Hassan Rouhani’s that helped their release.
Reihaneh’s detention has not discouraged her from voting as she has high hopes for change.
“I see youngsters who actually believe that everybody must vote,” Reihaneh said. “Among those aged 16 and up to 26 years old, I see just few people who say they wouldn’t.”
“Young people all have mobile phones, and use social media,” she added. “They are very internet saavy. Regardless of their social class, they are aware of everything. They follow famous people and celebrities and monitor their views and check the news on their mobiles. This generation has grown up with mobile phones and tablets. Children who may not have a device, will borrow their mum’s once they get back home from school. I mean, these are the children of technology.”