In a message on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, the exiled Queen of Iran expressed her hope that Iran will be free next year.
Farah Pahlavi expressed sympathy to the families of the dead protesters, prisoners and those under pressure in Iran, saying the essence of Nowruz heralds the triumph of truth over lies.
“Nowruz, which always brings joy and hope, will be celebrated this year as our country mourns its lost people,” she said.
The exiled Queen went on to say that while hundreds of young men and women died in the face of cruelty and darkness with the slogan “Women, Life and Freedom”, “their names and memories will remain in Iran’s history.” It will be forever,” he said.
“My thoughts are with the bereaved mothers and fathers, the thousands of Iranians who are imprisoned, and the teens who were poisoned in Iranian schools,” she added.
Elsewhere in her remarks, Pahlavi expressed concern about the situation of the millions of Iranians who struggle to make a living and are victims of the regime’s atrocities and incompetence.
She also celebrated the arrival of the ancient Iranian tradition of Nowruz, “a sign of stability, continuity and national identity.”
Iran has witnessed nationwide protests in the past six months, during which regime agents have so far killed more than 500 people and executed several arrested during demonstrations. A person has been arbitrarily arrested.