Despite the media blackout and the tighten censorship enforced by the Iranian regime over the renewed popular protests following the record collapse in the Iranian currency, the continuous rise in prices and the unprecedented deterioration of living conditions, social media was able to show many video clips and footages of the Iranian peoples taking to the street in a protest against the policies of the regime, and proved that these protests continue and it is expanding.
Looking at the current situation inside Iran, the regime is unable to find solutions that could suppress these protests, and the current internal situation even stresses that the causes of a popular revolution in Iran have increased significantly, and that the demonstrations will continue during the coming period, and will raise fiery slogans attacking the political, religious, military and security system.
By observing social media websites and their coverage of these protests, we can see that Tehran and several Iranian cities are witnessing demonstrations in markets and streets, closures of shops and clashes between the people and the security forces, market strikes entering its third day. Moreover, there is an almost complete closure in the markets of Abbas Abbad, Kermanshaha, Kafashan, Saray Milli and other markets. Protesters chant slogans to close the rest of the shops as a prelude to civil disobedience and demand that the rest of the Iranian peoples to join them.
Demonstrations were also held in the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran, especially in Tehranpars, Jawadiya, in front of the Shura Council and in the city of Shahriar, all chanting the slogans “Death to the dictator”, by which they meant the Supreme-Leader Ali Khamenei. There was also a gathering of large crowds in Sabzeh Meydan in Tehran, which made the security forces use tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
According to Iranian activists, calls for demonstrations continue and they are increasing, and the numbers of demonstrators escalate despite the repressive actions of the security forces against them. Authorities have exhausted all possible means to stop these protests, while the situation is getting worse day by day, and the Iranian citizen has become certain that the solution of this deadlock and bad situation depends on the departure of the regime and its destructive policies.
Apparently, these protests, though still modest, will continue until more Iranian cities join as activists are determined to organize more protests and form a leadership that could organize and arrange all moves and actions and ensure that they continue until their demands and goals are met.
Protesters’ demands varied between changing the economic team of the Rouhani’s government, holding early elections, withdrawing the Iranian forces from Syria, Yemen and Iraq and overthrowing Wali al-Faqih’s regime. This all comes amidst continuous emergency meetings of the security services, which fear an imminent explosion of the Iranian street to the extent that the situation could not be put under control, especially with the government’s clear inability to provide solutions to the collapse of the Iranian interior, and to avoid US sanctions and international isolation suffered by Iran because of its policies and the regime’s destructive behavior and terrorism and war advocate in the region.
The Iranian peoples believe that the intervention of the Revolutionary Guard, through the Quds Force, in the region, the regime’s insistence on developing a nuclear program for acquiring nuclear weapons, and the spread of corruption of all forms among the pillars and institutions of the regime and the government are the main reasons behind the very poor conditions in Iran. On the other hand, there is a societal view within Iran which suggests that the regime of the Wali al-Faqih is outdated one and irreparable and there is no hope of any change with it, hence, the only cure for the current situation is by the departure of the regime and its religious, military and security entourage.
Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre
27 June 2018