The Iranian protesters spoke exclusively to Fox News Digital to express their outrage against the Islamic regime in their country, as well as the desire to remove Ayatollah Khamenei as Iran’s supreme leader, as the man “does not represent the people.”
“We wanted to prove not only to the regime, but also to people around the world. [to know] — the Iranian people reject this regime and want it to be overthrown,” explained Mashhad, a 42-year-old professor in Iran.
“Our ultimate goal and our last wish and demand is the overthrow of the regime in its entirety, and we are very, very determined to achieve it,” he continued. “We want our voices to be heard, and I assure you that we will bring down this regime. We have absolutely no doubt that we can do it.”
The protests began at the funeral of Mahsa Amini, 22, after she died while in the custody of morality police, who claim she simply fell into a coma after her arrest. Instead, her family and some witnesses said they saw evidence that police had beaten her.
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As of Thursday night, the protests reportedly spread to 164 cities, with 300 people killed and 15,000 more arrested, according to the People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran (MEK). Fox News Digital was unable to verify these numbers, but other outlets have reported at least 100 cities with protests and dozens of deaths as of this week.
Iran has seen a growing number of protests in recent years, but the protests that began with Amini’s death feel different to citizens, both in scope, with women taking a more prominent role, and in the severity of the government’s response. regime.
“It was much, much harder, much more severe,” said Reyhaneh, 19, from Tehran. “Not only in the number of forces they had —the moral police, the security force, the plainclothes agents and others— but also in the way they were treated. They were very vicious, very brutal, much more brutal before.”
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“What I have seen in the last two days in Tehran is that they have risen up. I myself have participated in these protests… what I have seen is exemplary bravery and courage, especially since the uprising is being led by women.” , he added.
“We wanted to show not only to the regime but also to people around the world: The Iranian people reject this regime.”
The women spoke to Fox News Digital after Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi spoke before the United Nations General Assembly. Raisi allegedly helped carry out the 1988 “death commission” that led to the deaths of thousands of political dissidents.
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Mashhad asked why Western governments allowed Raisi to speak to the UN and failed to show that they were “supporting the people of Iran.”
“Where is… freedom and support [in] supporting this criminal? Y [has] the blood of thousands on their hands, especially in 1988, the massacre,” he said. “Why not…prosecute him and hold him accountable?”
Mashhad first joined the protests two years ago, but feels this one is different because people have seen how “shameless” the Ayatollah and his regime are, leading people of many ages and backgrounds to take to the streets. in all the country.
Reyhaneh said there are examples of previous protests leading to regime change and people have no reason to believe this one cannot be the same.
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“We in our struggle … have put our lives in our hands, ready to sacrifice our lives, and we will fight to the end to achieve freedom in Iran and the already dramatic fundamentalism,” he said.