‘Don’t Shake Hands with Killers’: Iranian Dissidents Gather to Protest Raisi at UN
Several thousand Iranian anti-regime activists gathered outside the United Nations on Wednesday, September 21, to protest Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s speech to the General Assembly, call for regime change, and show support for widespread demonstrations that have rocked Iran in recent days.
The protesters gathered at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, directly across from UN headquarters, as Raisi delivered a speech to world leaders. Organizers put the number of participants at 3,000. Signs lining the plaza called for “Regime change by Iranians,” and hundreds of photos of executed political prisoners were on display.
Standing amid the photos, two protesters wearing grotesque, oversize masks depicting Raisi and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held chains and a noose to symbolize the imprisonment and hanging of Iranian dissidents. The protesters said Raisi is guilty of crimes against the Iranian people and an illegitimate leader, since Iran does not hold free and fair elections.
“Raisi does not deserve a seat at the UN and he’s not the president of the people of Iran. Raisi is a mass murderer,” said activist Raha Heshmatikhah. “It’s horrible and unethical that an institution like the UN is welcoming and allowing Raisi to take a seat and be there.” (TOI / VFI News)
“‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”. - Leviticus 19:15