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United Nations, New York – Iranian President Ebrahim addressed the two presidents of the United Nations General Assembly by talking about “justice” and “democracy” as protests outside the United Nations and within Iran itself call for an end to a regime that many citizens say does not represent their country.
As protests continue in Iran, Raisi claimed that Iran continues to fight injustice.
“All the hopes and aspirations of mankind are based on justice and they have the ability to create such a framework for comprehensive justice, which means the elimination of injustice,” Raisi said. “We are defenders of the struggle against injustice in all its forms, against humanity, against spirituality, against the Almighty, and against the peoples of the world.”
Protests erupted across Iran after the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish Mehsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police for not wearing a headscarf. Police rushed Amini to the hospital shortly after she fell into a coma while in custody, claiming she had fallen. But her family said they saw evidence of the beatings.
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Amini died three days later, and the police deny killing Amini.
But her death sparked protests across Tehran, as hundreds protested at Amini’s funeral, and more protests began over the next two days. Iranian officials allegedly cut off internet access to phones and shut down social media, including Facebook, in an effort to contain the protests.
At least five protesters were killed as police tried to clear the streets.
Rather than address the crisis in his country, my two presidents attended the 77th General Assembly despite calls by critics and survivors of the 1988 “Death Commission” for the United States to refuse to grant Iran’s president a visa to enter the country. He praised Iran’s “progress” using its platform to express a number of grievances against other countries.
“The Islamic Revolution in Iran was the beginning of the movement of a great Iranian nation seeking its own place in the world, and over the decades we have faced external conspiracies such as coups and unjust sanctions, as well as hegemonic interventions.” “None of the successes of the Iranian nation has been acceptable to the great powers since he was the first president of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.”
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But many citizens of Iran do not accept that the current regime has achieved many “successes” to speak of. Demonstrators in Dag Hammarskjöld Park across the street from the United Nations said Fox News Digital Raisi had no right to address the General Assembly because it did not represent the people. Raisi is allegedly involved in the death commission, which may have killed as many as 30,000 dissidents and prisoners.
Commission survivors on Tuesday filled the park with photos of 2,000 of those victims and told Fox News Digital that they had seen Raisi and directly blame him for the deaths of their families and friends.
A protester said on Wednesday that everyone in Iran knows “someone” who has been a victim of the regime.
“My boss is not the president of the Iranian people, he is a mass murderer,” said Raha, an Iranian woman who was born in the Netherlands and lives in the United States. “He is responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners… and once again, he demonstrated how horrific and how brutal he can be when, in 2019, he suppressed national protests in Iran.”
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Raha said that despite what Raisi said, Iran “does not stand with justice.”
Hessie, a student who moved to the United States with her family, spoke about the problems her family faced and her horrific incident when she was 13 when she almost got arrested for violating the headscarf law.
“I was on the street, and I wasn’t wearing my hijab properly, so one of the women came from the trucks and took my hand and was pulling me towards the truck, finally I fixed it and other things… A joint event happening in Iran,” Al-Haysi said. “My friends and I were always afraid of getting arrested.” .
But rather than put up with these problems, Raisi spent long periods of his rhetoric skewed and insisting that other countries should address their own human rights issues before raising issues with Iran. He cited the dark history of Canadian boarding schools, the deaths of hundreds of First Nation children, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as examples of problems that world powers “flee” from.
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“Of course, the implementation of justice and equity is very challenging and difficult, perhaps because many of those who claim to be on the side of peace are escaping the responsibility of peace,” Raisi said. “So we say to them: Since you do not wish to bear the burden on your shoulder, do you not even wish to bear the burden of fighting injustice?”
State Department editor-in-chief Lisa Daftary said it was “not surprising” to see Raisi attempt to blame the United States and its allies for alleged “support for terrorism”.
“For someone with the nickname ‘The Butcher of Tehran’ to travel to New York and make such accusations while the American and European delegations sit and listen, that is real proof of how bold the rogue regime in Iran is,” Daftary told Fox News Digital. . “This is a man whose hands have been stained with the innocent blood of his people, and yet he stands on the podium and slanders lies about how he believes in human rights for all.”
Daftary pointed out that Raisi did not defend his people at all, only the Palestinian people, who he said are victims of Israeli “tyranny.”
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“Outside the doors of the United Nations, there was something completely different,” Daftary said. “Demonstrators traveled from all over the country to New York to protest against Raisi’s visit and to try to show reporters and others going by that the Iranian regime’s brutal crimes, such as the murder of a 22-year-old girl for showing her hair, should not be forgotten in place of some fabricated diplomatic chatter within the United Nations.”
Behnam Ben Taliblu, Senior Fellow at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) told Fox News Digital that the administration missed an opportunity to allow my president to come to the United States.
“Not to refuse to grant Raisi a visa, especially after the brutal murder of Mohasa Amini, was a missed opportunity for the Biden administration to put its money where it is in Iran and human rights,” Talablu said.