On September 23, the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani used his annual address at the United Nations General Assembly to reiterate his ridiculous claims. However, he once again proved that he did not represent the Iranian people, and he defended his regime’s crimes against Iranian citizens. Rouhani’s remarks showed the necessity of expelling authoritarian regimes from the UN and giving their seat to their legitimate opposition.
In his speech, Rouhani signaled that his regime would not hand off its malign behaviors inside Iran and abroad, particularly in the Middle East. This is while the regime’s economic mismanagement and nuclear ambitions have placed Iranian citizens in dire conditions. Furthermore, Iranian authorities respond to any voice of opposition with harsh violence.
In November 2019, the State Security Forces (SSF) gunned down at least 1,500 demonstrators who peacefully announced their objection to gasoline price hikes. Videos show that the SSF and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) employed helicopters, tanks, heavy machineguns, snipers, and armored vehicles to silence protesters.
According to rights organizations and activists, the regime slaughtered around 23 children, many women, and even bystanders. Oppressive forces also captured over 12,000 fed-up people and transferred them to dungeons. The fate of many detainees is still unclear.
On September 2, Amnesty International exposed part of the harrowing torture and ill-treatment applied to detained citizens. This non-profit organization had obtained details through interviews with around 60 protesters who managed to escape Iran’s notorious jails.
Following his lies, Rouhani tried to style the regime’s criminal officials as heroes and portray his state as a legitimate democracy. As the world condemns Iranian authorities for killing protesters and executing national champions, the regime’s president commended the IRGC, the foremost responsible for massacres and bloodsheds in Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, Lebanon, and other countries.
“Political freedom at home is very vital for us… and we are proud of our democracy,” Rouhani ironically claimed. However, eleven days earlier, his regime hanged Navid Afkari, wrestling champion, for taking part in peaceful protests and despite national and international appeals for revoking his death penalty. Previously, he had called demonstrators “hooligans and rioters” and paved the way for bloody suppression.
Rouhani seemingly has yet to hear protesters’ slogans, chanting, “Death to the liar,” “The commander-in-chief, resign,” “We do not want the Islamic Republic,” and “No nation has yet seen this magnitude of injustice.” Of course, this not the first time he brags about democracy in Iran. “Iran is the high tower of democracy,” he said in his inauguration ceremony on August 5, 2017.
August 5, 2017—"#Iran is the high tower of #democracy," said President Hassan Rouhani in his inauguration ceremony at Parliament (Majlis).
Suppressing 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 protests & killing 1,550+ protesters, execution of 148+ people, inclufing dissidents, in 2020 alone,& … pic.twitter.com/cnijv7D0qq
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Rouhani also boasted about the regime’s unity while his arbitrary performances in holding Muharram mourning ceremonies, college entrance exams, and reopening of schools despite the coronavirus outbreak prompted his allies to slam his irresponsible policies, let alone his opponents. Rouhani spoke about unity while the supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s order deterred the tenth Majlis (Parliament) from impeaching Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.
However, as the first victims of the regime’s crimes and corruption, the Iranian people have realized the mullahs’ deceptive nature. The system that sacrifices its people’s lives and health, as well as the country’s national resources, to remain in power. Constant nationwide protests in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 demonstrated that the Iranian people would no longer tolerate charlatan rulers. They are waiting in the wings to seize any opportunity to take to the streets and release their rage against the entire ruling system.