In Four Corners of the World, Iranians Call for Freedom and Democracy
Iran’s nationwide uprising continues despite the regime’s heavy crackdown and killing of over 550 protesters. Initially sparked following the tragic murder of a Kurdish girl in police custody, protests now have snowballed into a revolution. The Iranian people’s revolution has been widely supported by their compatriots abroad, who try to echo the voice of their countrymen.
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This exhibition includes pictures of martyrs of Iran’s nationwide uprising and thousands of victims of the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners. Most of the victims of the 1988 massacre were members and supporters of Iran’s principal opposition group, Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). The regime’s current president, Ebrahim Raisi, played a key role during the 1988 genocide, acting as a member of the “death commission” in Tehran, a committee responsible for identifying and executing MEK supporters who refused to disavow the organization.
These freedom-loving Iranians hold banners urging the world community to recognize the Iranian people’s right to self-defense vis-à-vis the regime’s mounting brutality. They also chant popular slogans such as: “Death to the dictator,” “Down with [Ali] Khamenei,” and “Down with the oppressor, be it Shah or the mullah.” These slogans reflect the Iranian people’s desire to have a democratic Iran and reject any form of dictatorship.