Tensions Grow in Iran as Las Vegans Try to Spread Message on the Strip
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, January 9, 2023 1:17 am
LAS VEGAS – As the crisis in Iran continues, two more protestors were executed.
The list of demonstrators scheduled for execution is growing.
Las Vegans seek to raise awareness on the Strip in the hopes that world leaders would get engaged.
They chanted “down with the Islamic Republic” in front of The Mirage on Sunday afternoon, seeking to attract the attention of travelers from all over the world.
Their fury was compounded Saturday morning when karate champion Mohammad Mehdi Karami and volunteer children’s coach Seyed Mohammad Hosseini were hung.
They were found guilty of assassinating a member of the country’s paramilitary.
These accusations, like many others, were seen to be false and devoid of due process.
“That defendant’s attorney is barred from even entering the hearings, which, as you know, last minutes,” said Las Vegan Reza Kiani. “So it’s a sham on top of a sham. And enough is enough.”
“Probably more than 18,000 people are in prison just for demonstrating, just to get their basic human rights,” Mitra Nikpour said. “And these two individuals were among them.”
According to Iranian officials, about 40 demonstrators have been sentenced to death in the last few months.
Two of them were recently transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions.
According to human rights organizations, over 500 demonstrators have been killed since the demonstrations began, including 70 children.
Vegan Las Vegas Elham Delsouzi was in Iran for the first ten days of the protests, which began in mid-September in response to the killing of Mahsa Amini.
“It was terrifying,” she admitted. “It felt like you were in a war zone because they were coming with guns and killing people. They showed no mercy to them. It makes no difference. They are unconcerned with your age. They don’t care if you’re not participating in the demonstration. You’re only passing through.”
Another terrible reminder for Iranians came just a few days after the executions of Karami and Hosseini.
“Three years ago, on a day like today, they boarded flight PS752,” Reza Moghaddam explained. “However, they never arrived. This was due to the Islamic Republic launching two missiles against the Ukrainian aircraft. So they’re in pain, and all we want to do is convey that we understand.”
On that flight from Iran’s capital Tehran to Kyiv, Ukraine, 176 passengers and crew were killed.
The jet was shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force, who claimed it was misdiagnosed as a cruise missile.
Protesters claim that it was not an accident.
And now, families are demanding justice.
“You’re here to honor the memories of those who died in this accident,” said Matt Dilmaghany, who was at the rally in front of The Mirage on Sunday.
While the revolution to remove the government continues, Iranians around the world demand accountability, knowing that more demonstrators will risk their lives fighting for their freedom.
“Things like these cannot go unpunished,” Kiani remarked. “Justice must triumph.”
“This is a war, and we must continue,” Dilmaghany remarked. “We must fight until the finish.”
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