In the face of death, protestors boldly gathered in front of Rajai Shahr Prison shouting, “Until the Mullahs are removed, this motherland will not be ours!” The protestors were attempting to save the lives of two men that the government executed by hanging for the stated crime of “corruption on Earth.”
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So far, the string of human rights protests have claimed the lives of 519 protesters, while another 19,290 protesters have been arrested and 111 of them are believed to be on death row. In an empty and toothless statement, the UN human rights office deplored the “shocking” executions, saying they were the result of “unfair trials based on forced confessions.”
The Iranian people have been living a nightmare since the Islamic Revolution took place in 1979. “Many things were promised to the people if the country adopted Islam,” said Farzad, who was an officer in the Iranian military in 1979. “Everyone believed that Islam would make the country better. More equal.” It didn’t, admitted Farzad, who was trained to be an mullah from the age of four at a madrassa in his hometown to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather.
Once Islam had complete control of the country, they implemented rules that suppressed the people more than they had ever experienced under the former king of Iran. The protests that have broken out all over the country follow the death of a woman detained by morality police for not following the Islamic law of ‘properly’ wearing her hijab; a requirement for Muslim women in Iran.