United Nations – As Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addressed the United Nations General Assembly inside the elegant chamber on Tuesday, thousands of protesters outside called him and his regime terrorist murderers who must face justice.
“Down with the terrorist regime in Iran,” chanted a large crowd of protesters near the diplomats gathered for the international summit.
“Raishi is a killer! Down with Raishi!” the crowd chanted repeatedly. “Get rid of Raishi, now, now, now! Regime change in Iran by the people of Iran!”
“Many thousands of you have come from all over the United States, from more than 40 states to come and give a strong message to the United Nations, that Ebrahim Raisi does not belong to the United Nations. He is a mass murderer and should be tried for crimes against humanity and genocide,” Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s US office, told the gathering.
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NCRI is the largest Iranian opposition organization that has fought against the theocratic regime for decades.
“Today is one of the worst and darkest days of the UN because the bloodthirsty president of the mullahs’ regime is present there,” the group’s leader Maryam Rajavi told protesters via video.
He called for the prosecution of both Raisi and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by the world court in The Hague for crimes against humanity.
“They must include the clerical regime in Chapter VII of the UN Charter as a threat to world peace and security.”
Chapter VII calls on the United Nations Security Council to address “threats to the peace, breaches of the peace and acts of aggression.” Among its provisions is the ability to use military force to ensure compliance with international law.
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Protesters criticized President Biden’s decision to release $6 billion in Iranian oil revenue in exchange for the release of the five Americans from Tehran. While protesters are happy and relieved that the hostages are home, they say handing over buckets of billions to the theocratic regime will only fund additional Tehran-sponsored terrorism.
“The Iranian regime has a history of spending its resources on terrorism, on repressing the Iranian population,” Jafarzadeh told Fox News.
“Any money that goes to Iran, no matter how you paint it, it’s going to end up in the pockets of the Revolutionary Guards to kill people inside Iran and fund terrorism abroad. What message does that send to Iran? I think that’s a terrible message. . Giving money for the mass murder of the Iranian people, that they can get away with murder. They can get away with hostage taking. It makes hostage-taking a profitable business for the ayatollahs. It will lead to more terrorism.”
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The government insists the $6 billion will be used only for humanitarian purposes, but protesters said there was no way to enforce that and ensure Iran complied.
The hostage practice has proven very profitable for the Iranian regime. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has estimated that since 1981, the US government has provided more than $15 billion to Iran to free American hostages taken by the regime.
The protest, which lasted all day, left many excited and even more defiant in their efforts to overthrow the Iranian regime.
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“We are very confident that we will win,” Jafarzadeh told the crowd. “We will be victorious, our people will be free.”
“Iran’s resistance is out there with people like you who have been here day in and day out and will continue to be here until Iran is freed.”