International Desk, Dec 7 (EFE).- The sister of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has expressed hope that the “tyranny that rules Iran” will be ousted soon as violent protests swept the nation for months.
In a letter published by her son, Mahmoud Moradkhani, who currently lives in France, Badri Hoseini Khamenei prays “to see the victory of the people” in the Islamic republic.
Khamenei’s sister resides in Tehran. Her daughter, Farideh Moradkhani, was arrested in late November for criticizing the Iranian leader.
Farideh Moradkhani, a well-known rights activist, has denounced the police crackdown against Iranian protesters.
She was arrested when she went to the prosecutor’s office to serve a court order.
She has been in prison in the past over her opposition to the Islamic republic.
Badri’s husband, Ali Tehrani, has also been in jail for his alleged anti-regime activities.
“The regime of the Islamic Republic of Khomeini and Ali Khamenei has brought nothing but suffering and oppression to Iran and the Iranians. The people of Iran deserve freedom and prosperity, and their uprising is legitimate and necessary to achieve their rights,” the supreme leader’s sister wrote in the letter.
“My brother (Khamenei) does not listen to the voice of the people and mistakenly considers that the voice of his mercenaries and money grabbers is the voice of the Iranian people,” she said.
She said he had tried to take people’s concerns to her brother, but he did not listen.
“After seeing that he did not listen and continued the path of (Ayatollah) Khomeini by suppressing and killing innocent people, I cut off my relationship with him,” she said.
“I oppose my brother’s actions and express my sympathy for all the mothers who mourn the crimes of the regime – from the time of Khomeini to the current era of Ali Khamenei’s despotic caliphate.”
She said the Revolutionary Guards and Ali Khamenei’s mercenaries “must lay down their arms as soon as possible and unite with the people before it is too late.”
Nationwide protests sparked by the alleged death in detention of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, 22, in Tehran on Sep.16 have rocked Iran for months.
Amini was arrested by the morality police on Sep.13 allegedly for not wearing her hijab correctly.
More than 400 people have died in the almost three months of protests.
The security forces arrested at least 2,000 people for inciting and participating in demonstrations.
Six of them have been sentenced to death.
The unrest has escalated into demands for an end to the Islamic Republic, which Ayatollah Khomeini founded in 1979.
Music, alcohol, nightclubs, gambling, mixed sports, and sex outside marriage are not allowed in the Islamic republic.