BERLIN, July 10 (Reuters) – Supporters of the Iranian opposition in exile gathered in Berlin and elsewhere on Saturday to call for the prosecution of the newly elected President of the Islamic Republic, Ebrahim Raisi, for crimes against humanity accuse.
Flag-waving demonstrators gathered at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and other locations as part of a Free Iran World Summit, at which former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa gave speeches.
In a keynote address, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, accused Raisi of being the “stooge” responsible for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Raisi’s election was a blow to human rights and called for an investigation into his role in the extrajudicial executions of what she and Washington called thousands of political prisoners. Continue reading
Iran has never recognized the mass executions, and Raisi has never publicly raised allegations about his role. Some clerics said the trials were fair and praised the “elimination” of the armed opposition in the early years of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
In an online address, Pompeo described the Iranian presidential election as “an actual boycott and the regime knows it”. “This is a show that is open to the whole world,” said Pompeo.
He condemned Raisi as a leader who had been handpicked by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to “inflict pain, scare, continue to plunder and pillage” in the name of theocracy.
Iran struck back and a Foreign Ministry spokesman accused “Western politicians,” including Pompeo, of selling themselves cheaply “for a European circus organized by a once Saddam-backed terrorist cult with Iranian blood on its hands.”
“An insatiable thirst for $$ and anti-Iran obsession drives the shameful Western hypocrisy,” wrote Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in a tweet.
Reporting by Douglas Busvinel; Additional coverage by the Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Dan Grebler
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