Ebrahim Raisi, dubbed ‘The Butcher of Tehran’

Some Iranians celebrate ‘Butcher of Tehran’ Raisi’s death in the streets despite oppressive regime

By Chris Pandolfo, Originally published in Fox News, May 21, 2024

Video shows fireworks, sweets and cheers celebrating Iranian President Raisi’s death

Video shows several Iranians celebrating President Ebrahim Raisi’s death in the streets even as thousands participate in mass demonstrations mourning the controversial leader.

Fireworks are launched in the night, a woman passes out sweets and several people can be heard cheering in the video posted online by opponents of the regime after Raisi died Sunday in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and other officials. 

Ali Safavi, a member of The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Foreign Affairs Committee – Iran’s parliament in exile – said the demonstrations showed “a glimmer of hope for a future free from the brutal repression that Raisi epitomized.” 

“This reaction underscores the profound detestation and revulsion that the Iranian people felt toward Raisi, a man whose legacy is inextricably linked with the darkest chapters of Iran’s recent history,” said Safavi.

Human rights activists and critics of the Iranian theocracy say Raisi was a murderer and authoritarian who led a crackdown on the 2022-2023 demonstrations provoked by the death in custody of a young Iranian Kurdish woman arrested by morality police for violating the country’s strict dress codes. The late president was sanctioned by the U.S. government for his role in abuses inflicted on protesters, as well as mass executions in 1988.  

“His direct role in the 1988 massacre, which saw the execution of 30,000 political prisoners, remains a deeply painful memory for countless families,” said Safavi. “For these families, and particularly for the mothers who lost their children, the death of Raisi represents a moment of long-awaited justice, albeit incomplete.” READ MORE

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