Iranians Continue Their Struggle for Democracy
By Mohammad Sadat Khansari
The absolute rule by clerics in Iran, known as Velayat-el-Faqih, came about before anyone could put a stop to it. It was never one of the goals of the Iranian Revolution in 1979 when the Shah’s dictatorship was overthrown by popular uprising.
The clerical rule has destroyed their lives of Iranian people and their country. Freedom is a dream, human rights are a myth and democracy is something that the country has not seen in a long time.
The people of Iran want change. They know that regime change is the only possible way of ensuring a brighter, more positive and more optimistic future. In the latest wave of ongoing protest since the end of 2017, the people have been in the streets calling for regime change. Anti-government demonstrations have been marked by determination and resilience.
The protests started off as the people making their economic concerns heard, but the activity spread across the whole country – to more than a hundred cities – and the message became clearer and louder. The people want regime change. They could be heard shouting “Death to Rouhani” and “Death to the dictator [Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei]”.
The Iranian regime knows that the people pose a major threat to its survival and it has responded in the only way it knows how – a brutal crackdown on the people. Thousands of protesters have been arrested and thrown in jail and many people were injured during clashes with the security forces. There have also been a number of fatalities – a number of which have been prisoners that died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody.
Back in 1979, there was no alternative to the system set up by Khomeini. Fast-forward forty years and now the people have an opposition that is not just viable, but prepared to lead the people through the transition away from clerical rule.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and she has emphasised that her 10 point plan for a future Iran will not just be a welcome relief to the people of Iran, but also to the rest of the international community that is threatened or affected by the regime’s meddling.
The 10 point plan will see thousands and thousands of Iranians around the world return to their home country at last. Supporting the 10 point plan is to support human rights and democracy and a move towards a more peaceful Middle East.