Tehran lawyers say Iranians don’t want Islamic Republic
Forty Iranian lawyers issued a statement saying most people no longer want the Islamic Republic and called on their peers to speak up and defend the people.
In a statement on the ongoing protests, 40 Iranian lawyers said on Wednesday they confront “the illegitimate will [of the government] and its decisions and laws” is the right of the people adding that “for the moment, our concern is freedom and judicial justice”.
Iran has been plagued by protests since the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin who had been arrested on September 13 for allegedly breaking the Islamic dress code and died three days later from a serious traumatic brain injury. The protests have spread fueled by public outrage at a crackdown that has resulted in the deaths of other young men, women and children. Now in their seventh week, the protests show no sign of ending.
Referring to the Supreme Leader’s autocratic system of government, Iranian lawyers strongly criticized the “absolute guardianship of a jurist”, stating that “the legitimacy of any law depends on the will and consent of the public, and no one has the right to decide for them”.
Absolute guardianship of a lawyer or Velayat-e Faqih is a system of governance that has supported the way Iran has operated since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. In its most basic form, the theory, which is rooted in Shia Islam, justifies clerical rule over the state.
Security forces gathered near a university ready to attack students in Tehran on October 3, 2022
The statement also accuses the regime’s military officials of having “positioned themselves as the representatives of the unseen (God)” and with this “delusional” perception locked the will of the majority of the people into the laws of the establishment.” .
The signatories argued that this usurpation of power is the cause of the street protests noting that the protesters have come to “take back the seat of governance from these racist and incompetent leaders”.
Protest slogans in recent weeks have mainly targeted Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who considers himself “God’s representative on earth”. Angry protesters say: ‘Cruel Khamenei, we will bury you!
Elsewhere in the statement, the lawyers warned that Iranian citizens “have familiarized themselves with the nature of the ruling clerics and will no longer be deceived by their lies and promises, and in different ways they are asking the mullahs to leave.”
The clerics were the target of many protests during the recent Iranian uprising against the totalitarian regime. Videos on social media show young people dropping turbans on mullahs’ heads and chanting, “Religious people must get lost.”
In this statement, the judiciary of the Islamic Republic is described as a “tool to suppress and stabilize the autocracy” which has “unindependent and corrupt officials” and therefore “a corrupt network decided to shape the destiny of the country “.
On Sunday, the Iranian regime accused six people in Tehran of “waging war”, “corruption on earth”, “gathering and collusion against national security” and “confrontation with the Islamic Republic” for participating in the protests. “Making war” and “corruption on earth” are charges that can result in a death sentence.
The lawyers, who signed this statement, felt it was their duty to “defend the fundamental rights of the nation against the abuses and violations of the regime” and expressed the hope that they would be able to assume this responsibility.
Kar Mehrangiz, Arash Ki Khosravi, Moussa Barzinand Mohammad Moghimiare among those who have signed this declaration.