Iran's exiled Prince Reza Pahlavi has called US President Joe Biden not to enter an agreement with Tehran that would financially benefit the Islamic Republic’s repression machine.
In a tweet, he said that the Islamic Republic is firing on students at Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology, “yet reports indicate the US may send this criminal regime billions yet again.”
Sunday night, an organized violent government attack on protesting students in Tehran’s Sharif University heightened tensions in Iran that can lead to more unrest. After the fog of battle cleared Monday morning, the extent of what security forces planned and executed in Sharif University became clear. The emerging picture shows maneuvers and deception by security forces to corner the students and beat and arrest many.
Addressing President Biden, he said that “you have yet to help our people. At least don't fund the bullets piercing the hearts of our youth!”
Earlier in the day, Pahlavi had urged the US and other Western nations to do more than provide “moral support,” saying that “As Iranian workers strike to protest and cripple this regime, the West can support them by facilitating the creation and administration of strike funds for their families.”
The latest round of nationwide protests in Iran appears to be different from the protests that have rocked the Islamic Republic since 2017 in more than one way.
The protests, sparked in Tehran late evening on September 16 following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, are dominated by women and youth yearning for freedom and equality.