Ahwazians and other minorities will not benefit from voting in Iranian Election 2017
Iran’s presidential election is taking place today. Iranians are voting for either Mr. Rouhani a so-called moderate and his main challenger Ebrahim Raisi, former prosecutor who is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for a massive turnout to demonstrate the popularity of his regime, but Ahwazians will not benefit from voting, in fact no minority should vote as they should not support such a regime where they have:
- Death Penalty
- Political Prisoners
- Human Rights Prisoners
- No gender equality
- Mistreatment of Minorities
- Harsh treatment of Refugees
- Executed those with a different sexual orientation, gender identity
Iranian government always counts Ahwazians as worthless. An example is, In Iranian 2013 election Rouhani ran a campaign in Ahwaz where he promised to make the water cleaner and that with effective measures we can change the current situation in Ahwaz to a better situation. Rouhani got elected and fail to carry out his promises. In fact, the situation in Ahwaz became worst and Ahwaz listed as the world’s worst cities for air pollution.
There is nothing to gain from this or any other elections for Ahwazians as Iranian regime only plunders Ahwaz’s natural resources and gives nothing in return.
In Iran, there is no such a thing as “democracy”, in 2009 millions of people claimed their votes were stolen but Ali Khamenei insisted the result was valid and ordered a major crackdown on these people. Recently 29 members of the EU parliament have written a letter to call on the Iranian government to stop the executions and persecutions of journalists and activists.
Iranian election is a political game and nothing more. It is unfair and undemocratic.