Morality police in Iran beat Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, to death for not complying with Tehran's hijab regulations. She was arrested on September 13, 2022 badly beaten, left in a coma, and died on September 16th.
|Mahsa Amini was beaten to death by morality police in Iran.|
Furthermore the mistake of replacing short wave radio transmissions of uncensored news with reliance on internet broadcasts is once again revealed to be a mistake, as it was in Egypt during the Arab Spring.
The last time this happened was in 2019, and the Mullahs killed 1,500 people, and I had not heard about it when it happened. The images of nonviolent protests slow to a trickle but some continue to emerge, along with reports of the price paid by protesters for their courageous dissent. Their censorship was successful that time, but let us do our part to prevent them from getting away with it again.
Please share the videos below, and use their hashtags.
Listening to these Iranian activists take to task the Biden Administration for enabling the Iranian oppressors gives me a sense of deja vu.
Dear American friends.— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) September 22, 2022
Iranian people are getting butchered by a bloody regime in the streets as the regime has cut off the internet. Call your representatives in the Congress if you want to help. Tell them not to save this regime and to help Iranians get internet. #MahsaAmini https://t.co/C7LjkQng38
Regime agents are riding through the streets of Iran firing on protesters. It reminds me of what Cuban regime agents were doing across Cuba in July 2021. The languages are different but the outrage and fear are the same.
Women are being shot in the head in Iran for protesting the killing of Mahsa Amini. This needs to be called out and the Mullahs in Tehran held accountable.
1)— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) September 23, 2022
Ghazale Chelavi took to the streets to protest the killing of #MahsaAmini by hijab police in Iran but she herself got killed by security forces. Her friend told me that she got shot in the head in Amol city. She was 32 Yr old mountaineer full of life. Her family are shocked. pic.twitter.com/CF4JZCWYke
Dear friends of freedom reading this blog entry, please amplify these Iranian voices, let your elected representatives know that you are watching, and that this is unacceptable.
This has been going on for far too long in Iran, and the terror tactics have been copied elsewhere with Iranian help.
Hugo Chavez copied the Basij and formed Colectivos in Venezuela. Both are pro-government militias with long track records of repression and murder. The Colectivos in 2014 did the same thing in Venezuela murdering nonviolent protesters like Génesis Carmona during mass anti-government protests.
|Neda Agha-Soltan and Génesis Carmona shot in the head. |
Note to Western policy makers: the regime's in Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela are not your friends.
Cuba and Iran have regime's with different ideological formations. Cuba has a communist dictatorship run by the Castros since 1959 and Iran has a Islamist regime run by the mullahs since 1979. However they have two things in common: a profound anti-Americanism that portrays the U.S. as the great Satan, and a fossilized revolutionary tradition that systematically denies human rights to their respective peoples.
|Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with General Raul Castro (2016)|
Robin Wright referred to Cuba and Iran as "melancholy twins" in The New Yorker in 2015. They are both state sponsors of terrorism, and Iran has been linked to a mass killing of Jewish people in Argentina.
Venezuela is an off shoot of the Cuban revolution and shares both its anti-Americanism and warm relations with Tehran.
But beyond their similarities they also have a shared strategic outlook that is hostile to the United States.
The late Fidel Castro visited Iran on May 10, 2001, four months before the September 11, 2001 attacks, where he was quoted by the Agence France Presse at the University of Tehran stating that "Iran and Cuba, in cooperation with each other, can bring America to its knees." ... "The U.S. regime is very weak, and we are witnessing this weakness from close up."
Eleven years later on January 12, 2012 in Havana, Cuba the controversial president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared "Our positions, versions, interpretations are alike, very close. We have been good friends, we are and will be, and we will be together forever."
|Iran's Ahmadinejad with Communist Fidel Castro and Klansman David Duke|
At a time when there is a fear of Iran seeking out asymmetric means to achieve maximum damage against United States interests, their decades long alliance with Cuba cannot and must not be ignored.
Nor can we forget the brutal attack against Salman Rushdie here in the United States on August 12, 2022. He suffered stab wounds to the stomach, chest, eye, hand and thigh.
Martin Luther King Jr. was right: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
I stand in solidarity with Iranians standing up for their freedom. They are facing off against the terrorist regime in Tehran that is indiscriminately gunning down protesters.
I pledge to continue to amplify their voices and will use the following hashtags.
#MahsaAmini #ZhinaAmini #IranProtests
Hope you will too.