Political leaders and leading commentators from around the world have delivered messages of solidarity at a major rally against Rouhani’s visit to the United Nations in New York.
Professor Alan Dershowitz, former Harvard Law School professor, said: “There is a group of reactionary tyrants who are in power in Iran. Rouhani presents a smiling face but this is a false image.
“Rouhani has presided over the brutal execution of people than even the evil Mahmoud Ahmaddinejad. More than 12,000 people have been executed in cold blood by this regime, which specializes in killing witnesses to its repression and human rights abuses.”
Prof Dershowitz added it was now time for the UN to “live up to their duty” to the Iranians currently imprisoned inside Camp Liberty.
Edward Cox, Chairman of the Republican Party of New York, told the rally the so-called nuclear deal with Iran would soon prove to be nothing but a false promise.
“The US claims it has reached a nuclear deal with Iran. But this deal is dangerous because the mullahs will cheat in order to obtain nuclear weapons.
“It’s time for the terrorist ayatollahs to go.”
Tom Ridge, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Governor of Pennsylvania, said: “I am here today to remind the UN and my colleagues in the US that although we have condemned the terrorism and torture by the group ISIL, the mullahs’ regime in Iran is carrying out the same sort of acts of torture and terrorism, and we must stand against the regime.”
Ambassador Bill Richardson, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and U.S Energy Secretary, said the mullahs’ regime did not “understand the words human rights and democracy”.
He added: “There should be an international effort to stop Iran’s support for international terrorism. The mullahs’ regime in Iran is not a moderate regime, it’s a terrorist regime.
“Our message to the young people of Iran is that we support democracy in Iran.”