Over the past day, supporters of the Iranian opposition have taken to the streets in several capitals in the world to protest against the new president, Ebrahim Raisi. They think he should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
In Berlin, London, Brussels, Washington and Dam Square in Amsterdam, among others, there were demonstrators on their feet. The demonstrations were in the framework of the Free Iran World Summit, an online conference organized by the National Resistance Council of Iran.
The chairman of that council, who strives to overthrow the regime from abroad, stressed in an online speech Raisis role in the execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.
Raisi was then a judge member of the death commission, who determined who was to be executed. Human rights organisations such as Amnesty International also hold Raisi responsible for the executions.
There were also Western prominents participating in the conference. For example, former Minister Pompeo delivered a speech in which he took the recent presidential election as a sham, given the small number of candidates who were allowed to participate.
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls Western involvement in the protests hypocrite. A spokesperson speaks of an “anti-Iran obsession” in a tweet.