Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with talk of “justice” and “democracy” as protests outside the U.N. and within Iran itself call for an end to a regime that many citizens say does not represent their country.
As protests continue in Iran, Raisi claimed Iran continues to fight injustice.
“All of the hopes and aspirations of humankind are built on justice, and they have the capacity for the creation of such a framework of all-encompassing justice, which means elimination of injustice,” Raisi said. “We are defenders of a fight against injustice in all of its forms, against humanity, against spirituality, against the Almighty, against the people of the world.”
Protests have broken out across Iran following the death of 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the morality police for not wearing her hijab (headscarf). The police rushed Amini to a hospital shortly after she fell into a coma during her detention, claiming she had collapsed. But her family said they saw evidence of beatings.
The Foreign Desk editor-in-chief Lisa Daftari said it’s “not surprising” to see Raisi try to blame the U.S. and its allies for allegedly “supporting terrorism.”
“For someone who bears the nickname “Butcher of Tehran” to travel to New York and make such accusations while the U.S. and European delegations sat and listened is truly indicative of how bold the rogue regime of Iran has become,” Daftari told Fox News Digital. “This is a man who has the innocent blood of his own people on his hands, and yet he stands at the podium spewing lies about how he believes in human rights for all.”
Daftari noted that Raisi did not advocate for his own people at all, only the Palestinian people, whom he said were victims of Israeli “tyranny.”
“Outside the doors of the U.N., something very different was going on,” Daftari said. “Protesters from around the country traveled to New York to protest Raisi’s visit and to attempt to show reporters and others passing by that the Iran regime’s brutal crimes, such as the murder of a 22-year-old girl for showing her hair, should not be forgotten in lieu of some fabricated diplomacy talk inside the U.N.”