A video of Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s niece and human rights activist Farideh Moradkhani supporting the protests that started after the murder of Mahsa Amini has been released. Muradhani was arrested on November 23 for his support of the Amini protests. In this video recorded before his arrest, Muradhani likened his uncle Khamenei to Hitler, Mussolini, Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein. Addressing the world, Muradhani called for concrete steps to be taken against the Tehran administration.
Farideh Moradkhani, who started her words by saying, “O free people, stand by us and tell your governments to stop supporting this murderous and murderous regime,” said Farideh Moradkhani, “This regime is not bound by any of its religious principles and has no choice but to use force and maintain its power by whatever means. He doesn’t know the rules,” he said.
Farideh Moradkhani continued her words in the video:
“How long do we have to witness the oppression of political autocrats in this region? Isn’t the experience of Hitler, Mussolini, Ceausescu, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and finally Khomeini not enough to make the world think differently? We, the Iranian people, demand that the United Nations and all institutions that derive their credibility from the goal of “freedom and justice for humanity” take concrete steps and take deterrent and effective actions against the open and horrific crimes against women, men and children in Iran. Stop being indifferent and prevent this terrible genocide.”
Calling for solidarity with the protesters who continue their protests in Iran, Muradhani called on free and democratic countries to withdraw their representations in Iran. Underlining that free and brave Iranians will overthrow the oppressive regime in their country, Muradhani said, “It is time for all these countries to take a symbolic step and withdraw their representatives from Iran and expel the representatives of this brutal regime from their countries.”
Muradhani’s video was first shared by his brother Mahmud Muradhani, who lives in France and describes himself as an opponent of the Islamic Republic. Later, the video was widely shared by Iranian rights activists and went viral on social media.
Can be Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
Mahmud Muradhani said his sister was arrested on November 23.Farideh Moradkhanii was also detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry earlier this year, but was later released on bail. Iran Human Rights Activists Agency (HRANA) said that Farideh is in Evin Prison. Farideh could face up to 15 years in prison.
Farideh’s father, Ali Muradhani Arangeh, was also one of the regime’s leading opponents as a Shiite cleric. Isolated for years due to his stance, Arangeh recently passed away in Tehran.
Khamenei’s office did not respond to a Reuters request for comment on the video in question.
HRANA said that as of November 26, 450 protesters, 63 of whom were children, were killed and 18,173 detained during the protests that continued for more than two months in Iran.