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Women have been the main target of the Iranian regime – now they are leading the revolution to overthrow it

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Brave Iranian women, backed by a generation of young men, educated and aware of their inalienable rights, have openly and fiercely rejected the brutal religious dictatorship of Ali Khamenei and all his loyalists and apologists, seeking justice and equal rights. rights.

They are organized, inspired, dedicated and ready to bring about fundamental change: the fall of the regime and the establishment of a democratic regime that will secure their lives, their freedom and their prosperity.

Their courageous stand on the streets of almost every city and town in Iran has been met with the welcome support of all of society and the fear and respect of the free world.

The tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Tehran’s vice police has sparked an explosion of grievances about the injustices suffered by our people for more than four decades. The world is witnessing the culmination of a democratic revolution that Ruhollah Khomeini denied 43 years ago when, under the guise of Islam, he imposed a theocratic dictatorship on the Iranian people.

Iranians, especially women, are ending a monstrous religious fascist experiment that has stained Islam and Iranian culture and civilization by committing the most flagrant and inhumane crimes of modern times.

Women have been the main target of the regime’s oppression and discrimination – and therefore have the greatest potential to confront the regime. They have also learned from experience that their rights cannot be realized while this regime reigns. They are therefore the force for change and the rebirth of our nation.

Amini’s death while in the custody of vice police has sparked protests across the country and the world over the past two months.
IranWire/via REUTERS

Protesters use slogans to communicate their aspirations to the world. “Death to Khamenei!” “Death to the oppressor, be it the shah or the [supreme] chief!” “Freedom, Freedom, Freedom!” “Death to the principle of velayat-e faqih [absolute clerical rule]!”

In the first months after the revolution, the mullahs’ regime sought to impose compulsory veiling with its own slogan: “Either the veil or a blow to the head”. Mujahideen-e Khalq women who wore the veil were in the front line of the great women’s demonstration in March 1979. I was there.

In 1981, when our people revolted against religious fascism, they were met with brute force. Scores of high school and college students were summarily executed in the aftermath of a peaceful protest by half a million people in Tehran, without regard to judicial standards or proper identification. Mass executions escalated over the following weeks and months, sometimes with hundreds executed each night.

Four decades of horrors and massacres, injustices and cruelties have followed one another.

The West must support Iranian protesters as they attempt to confront Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The West must support Iranian protesters as they attempt to confront Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Office of Iran’s Supreme Leader via AP

Today, the Iranian people have not risen to reform an irreformable and illegitimate regime, but rather to put an end to it. They rose up to protest peacefully but were met with bullets, torture and executions. In an unequal conflict with heavily armed forces of repression, they rightly resist with what they have, with stones, their honor, their blood, their sweat and their tears.

The free world must support the democratic revolution for which my empty-handed compatriots give their lives. When inalienable, God-given rights cannot be secured by peaceful means in the face of a brutal dictatorship devoid of all legitimacy, it is incumbent upon women and men of honor to secure them through organized, responsible and selfless struggle by all means within the confines of internationally recognized covenants – such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes the right “to resort, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression”.

The United States Declaration of Independence also asserts that “it is the right of the people to modify or abolish” a government that destroys the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of its citizens.

In the face of ruthless violence by well-armed security forces urged to show no mercy and a regime that seeks nothing less than their mass slaughter to continue its control and enslavement of citizens, there is only only one last resort. As Americans know, freedom is not free.

The Iranian resistance will continue until the fall of the religious dictatorship and the establishment of a free, secular, democratic and non-nuclear Iran, in peace and in good mutual relations with the world.

Women are at the center of this resistance, and their role in political leadership as well as in economic, cultural and intellectual life will be guaranteed by their struggle. Beyond their absolute right to decide what they wear and how to live, they are at the forefront of change.

The Iranian people should not be alone at such a decisive moment. It is time for the West to avoid the appeasement of theocracy and support the democratic revolution by recognizing the right of the resistance to defend itself against the brutality of the regime by any means possible.

We have always welcomed the support and participation of all Iranians in the overthrow of this regime, the rejection of past dictatorships and the establishment of a free Iran through popular sovereignty and the ballot box. The path to claiming our rights and rebuilding our future has been charted, and thanks in large part to the country’s women, a free Iran will soon join the free world.

Maryam Rajavi is the elected president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

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