"The people of Iran deserve the support of the United States as they fight for their freedom from tyranny.”
DALLAS, TEXAS – Holly Kuzmich, Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, issued the following statement on Iran’s lethal crackdown on women’s rights protesters and the death of Mahsa Amini:
“The George W. Bush Institute condemns the killings of several dozen protesters demonstrating against the heinous death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who fell into a coma after being detained by Iran’s ‘morality police.’ We mourn for Amini, the protesters, and their families.
“The rights to free speech, assembly, and protest are fundamental and universal. The people of Iran, who have lived under the suffocating leadership of the Ayatollah and his thugs, are showing they want to live freely, dress however they want, and say whatever they believe. They are courageously exercising those rights despite the brutal tactics of the Iranian regime.
“The morality police have opened fire on the crowds and have attempted to shut off communication to the rest of the world. Despite this abhorrent treatment, the protesters — many women — are burning hijabs, standing up to the authorities, and fighting back against the oppressive rule in the country.
“The international community’s problems with Iran are with the country’s rulers, who are a threat to their own people and others. The people of Iran deserve the support of the United States as they fight for their freedom from tyranny.”