‘Victory will be ours’: Iranian dissidents gather at UN to protest Raisi speech

Luke Tress is a JTA reporter and a former editor and reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Iranian dissidents gather at the UN to protest Iranian President Ebrahim's Raisi speech on September 1, 22022 (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
Iranian dissidents gather at the UN to protest Iranian President Ebrahim's Raisi speech on September 1, 22022 (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

Around 3,000 Iranian anti-regime activists gather at the UN to protest Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s speech.

Signs line a plaza across from the UN calling for “Regime change by Iranians,” and hundreds of photos of executed political prisoners are displayed.

Other banners say “Victory will be ours,” and “Prosecute Raisi,” with photos of a noose to represent hanged prisoners.

The activists chant “Prosecute Raisi now” as a marching band beats on drums.

A banner with the image of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei is laid on the ground for participants to stomp on.

The recent mass protests in Iran have energized the crowd.

Womens rights activists chant “We will fight, we will die, we will take back our Iran.”

The protesters are mostly from the Iranian-American community and supporters of the dissident group MEK. They wear yellow vests emblazoned with the words “A free Iran.”

Speakers from the Iranian community and Christian allies of the movement deliver speeches in English and Farsi.

One of the speakers says, “In the Jewish faith there is a saying ‘Next year we will gather in Jerusalem,’ I say next year we will gather together in a free Iran.”

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