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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with speeches of “justice” and “democracy” as protests outside the United Nations and within Iran itself call for an end to a regime which many citizens claim does not represent their country.

As protests continue in Iran, Raisi said Iran continues to fight injustice.

“All of humanity’s hopes and aspirations are built on justice and have the ability to create such a framework of all-encompassing justice, which means the elimination of injustice,” Raisi said. “We are defenders of a struggle against injustice in all its forms, against humanity, against spirituality, against the Almighty, against the peoples of the world”.

Protests erupted across Iran following the death of 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the moral police for not wearing her hijab (headscarf). Police rushed Amini to the hospital shortly after she fell into a coma during her detention, claiming she had collapsed. But her family said they saw evidence of beatings.

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Amini died three days later and the police deny that Amini was killed.

Women participate in a demonstration in Dag Hammarskjold park to demand regime change and protest against the presence of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the United Nations
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But his death sparked protests across Tehran, with hundreds of protests at Amini’s funeral and other protests starting over the next two days. Iranian officials reportedly shut down the internet service for phones and shut down social media, including Facebook, in an effort to contain the protests.

At least five protesters died as police try to clear the streets.

Raisi, instead of addressing the crisis in his country, attended the 77th General Assembly despite appeals from critics and survivors of the 1988 “death commission” to the United States to deny the Iranian president a visa to enter the country. He has touted the “progress” made by Iran, using his platform to present a series of grievances against other countries.

“The Islamic Revolution in Iran was the beginning of the movement of a great Iranian nation to seek its place in the world and, over the decades, we have been faced with foreign plots such as coups, oppressive sanctions, as well as like hegemonic interventions, “Raisi said. “None of the successes of the Iranian nation have been acceptable to the great powers since the first president of the Islamic revolution of Iran.”

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But many Iranian citizens do not accept that the current regime has many “successes” to talk about. Protesters in Dag Hammarskjold Park, in front of the United Nations, told Fox News that Digital Raisi did not have the right to address the General Assembly as it did not represent the people. And Raisi would have been involved in the death commission, which could have killed up to 30,000 dissidents and prisoners.

Survivors from the commission filled the park with photos of 2,000 of those victims on Tuesday and told Fox News Digital they saw Raisi and blamed him directly for the deaths of their families and friends.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi shows a photo of General Qassem Soleimani

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi shows a photo of General Qassem Soleimani
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A protester on Wednesday said everyone in Iran knows “someone” who has been a victim of the regime.

“Raisi is not the president of the Iranian people, and he is a mass murderer,” said Raha, an Iranian woman born in the Netherlands and living in the United States. “He is responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners … and, once again, he demonstrated how horrible and monstrous he can be when, in 2019, he cracked down on national protests in Iran.”

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Raha said that, despite what Raisi said, Iran “does not represent justice”.

Haisi, a student who moved to the United States with her family, talked about the problems her family faced and her own heartbreaking accident at the age of 13, when she was nearly arrested for violating the law on health. ‘hijab.

Two women vividly demonstrate their contempt for the current Iranian regime during a protest at Dag Hammerskjold Park in front of the UN headquarters.

Two women vividly demonstrate their contempt for the current Iranian regime during a protest at Dag Hammerskjold Park in front of the UN headquarters.
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“I was on the street and I wasn’t wearing the hijab properly, so one of the women from the vans came and took my hand and was pulling me towards the van, and I finally fixed it and stuff … But this it is very common occurrence in Iran, “Haisi said. “My friends and I have always been afraid of being arrested.”

But rather than admitting these issues, Raisi instead spent much of his speech deflecting and insisting that other nations must address their own human rights issues before raising issues with Iran. He cited the dark history of Canadian boarding schools and the deaths of hundreds of First Nation children and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as examples of problems from which world powers “flee”.

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“Of course, implementing justice and fairness is quite challenging and difficult, and perhaps that is why many of those who claim to be on the side of peace run away from the responsibility for peace,” Raisi said. “So we tell them: since you don’t want to carry the weight on your shoulders, you don’t want to carry the weight of the fight against oppression either?”

Foreign Desk Editor Lisa Daftari said it was “unsurprising” to see Raisi trying to blame the United States and its allies for allegedly “supporting terrorism.”

People gather in Dag Hammarskjold park in front of the UN headquarters to protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who addressed the General Assembly on Wednesday.

People gather in Dag Hammarskjold park in front of the UN headquarters to protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who addressed the General Assembly on Wednesday.
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“For someone who bears the nickname ‘Butcher of Tehran’ to travel to New York and make such accusations while the US and European delegations sat and listened is really indicative of how bold the rogue regime of Iran has become,” said Daftari. to Fox News Digital. “This is a man who has the innocent blood of his own people on his hands, yet he is on the podium throwing up lies about how he believes in human rights for all.”

Daftari noted that Raisi was not defending his own people at all, only the Palestinian people, who according to him were victims of Israeli “tyranny”.

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“Outside the gates of the United Nations, something very different was happening,” said Daftari. “Protesters from all over the country traveled to New York to protest Raisi’s visit and to try to show reporters and others who passed by that the Iranian regime’s brutal crimes, such as the murder of a 22-year-old girl. for showing her hair, they should not be forgotten in place of some diplomatic speeches made up within the United Nations ”

Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior fellow at the The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told Fox News Digital that the administration missed an opportunity by allowing Raisi to come to the United States.

“Not denying Raisi a visa, particularly after the brutal killing of Mahsa Amini, was a missed opportunity for the Biden administration to stake its money on Iran and human rights,” Taleblu said.

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