Amid the constant uproar over the Iranian regime’s nuclear program and questionable role in three wars in the region, many Iranians are demanding a massive change within their own county. Maryam Rajavi – an Iranian politician who is primarily supported by exiled Iranians and even former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani – outlined the need for change during a recent rally in France.
During the rally, Ms Rajavi spoke of numerous divergences between the people of Iran and the rulers of the Islamic republic.“The people of Iran want neither nuclear weapons nor meddling in Iraq, Syria or Yemen, and they do not accept despotism, torture and shackles,” stated the embattled politician.
Despite violent oppression, the people of Iran are fighting back against the cruel regime imprisoning them. Recent uprising in Mahabad and the protests in Sanandaj, Sardasht, Saqqez and Marivan demonstrate the frustration of the Iranian Kurds. With the majority of the 1800 executions which have occurred during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure being Kurdish citizens, the minority group appears to have reached a breaking point.
The resistance to the Islamic Republic is not simply coming from oppressed minority groups. Teachers in all provinces have organized demonstrations to demand the right to life and the right to freedom. Daily sit-ins by workers have been organized to bring awareness to the nation’s many starving families. Hundreds of hunger strikes and protests by political prisoners have even begun to shape opinion.
Tom Ridge,a former secretary of the U.S. Homeland Security Department and a former governor and congressman from Pennsylvania, recently spoke out regarding the assistance of the Iranian people.” We call on Iran to end the consistent denial of liveable health, sanitary and nutrition conditions, “ Said Mr. Ridge in a recent speech. The current Iranian strategy is not working.
The strategy to isolate and ignore Iran only further hurts the innocent people of Iran – making any future change immensely difficult.The current American administration continues to display a novice foreign policy, lacking any consistent strategy against despotic rulers. Until a cohesive plan is established, the people of the war-torn Middle East region will continue to suffer under the hand of tyrants. As Ms. Rajavi said in her speech,” Look at today’s Iran. Do you see any Iranian who is not discontented or does not yearn for change?”