For Anahita, an Iranian-German visiting New York for a few months, every day is a battle.
“I have been coming to every event there was, every protest and rally,” she said, ” because I just cannot not come and can’t not attend while people in Iran are attending such dangerous demonstrations on the street and risking their lives.”
“I come to express solidarity and sadness and hear myself be among Iranians who share the pain I feel every single second of the day.”
Being outside of Iran makes here feel useless.
“I have a feeling of being helpless,” she noted, while wondering how this situation came about. “How can evil exist in that type of manifestation [the government]? How can we change this?”
Change is A’Coming
Anahita thinks that this unrest will not last that much longer.
“Things will change; I have no doubts,” she explained. “This is something people can pursue. This is a movement that they started.”
With the world watching, things will be easier.
“This regime has been unmasked to the whole world,” Anahita said. “Everyone knows what kind of cruel military dictatorship that Iranian people have been living under. I am very hopeful. This is a good time for people to mobilize themselves and plan something in a more strategic way.”
Waiting for the World to Step In
Anahita is not happy with the international response and the lack of aid for the people of Tehran.
“I am not satisfied with the way America, the UN, the EU, anyone is dealing with this,” she fumed. “No one is interfering. Iranian sovereignty is good and fair, but this s a massacre, a human rights violation in the first degree. I know this is happening for a fact. People are being tortured, how can politicians say ‘This is not good’ and that’s it? They [the governments of America and Europe] are all in the same boat, but I wish to see much more.”
She Just Wants Freedom
Anahita does not think any of the opposition leaders are fit for the job, but for now she is only asking for basic human rights.
“I don’t want to see Mousavi. He is part and parcel of the rest of them,” she noted. “I want to see democracy and for the people of Iran to have the freedom to vote a parliament or president. I don’t care if it’s a monarchy, just have the people get what they want. We have to have freedom and equality and justice.”