The United States and its allies must stand with the Iranian people against tyranny

Since 1979, Iran has been a dystopia. After 40 years of tyrannical rule, the Iranian Gen Z population is leading the fight against the Islamic Republic regime. They stand in front of the bullets, raising their voice for freedom.

It is time for the international community to stand with the Iranian people and declare the Islamic Republic an illegitimate regime. The Islamic Republic has no righteous dominion over Iran; they do not represent the Iranians; they have occupied the land. The Iranian people have challenged them many times in the past 40 years, and the world must stand with them.

The murder of Ms. Mahsa Amini, 22,  by the regime’s “morality police” in the past week sparked a massive nationwide protest, becoming one of the most visible challenges to the government in recent years. Mahsa was visiting Tehran with her family from her home in the northwestern province of Kurdistan. During her visit, the “morality police” that enforces the country’s compulsory hijab rules arrested and accused her of  “violating the hijab law.” They took her into a police van by force. A few hours later, her family was informed that she was at the hospital, declared brain dead. Her medical records showed severe brain damage and evidence that the police beat her to death while she was in their custody.

Mahsa’s death is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Protests have erupted in cities across Iran. At least seven protestors, and potentially dozens more according to The Guardian, have been killed by the regime over the past week. Internet and cell phone services have been limited to stifle the circulation of information. This is unacceptable.

The hardliner Shia clerics took power in 1979 following a revolution deposing Mohammadreza Pahlavi, the late Shah of Iran. Ever since Iran has been ruled by one of …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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