Mass protests expand in Iran: Is the regime's demise that so near?

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Mostapha Hassan

Protesters on Thursday marched on the streets of several major Iranian cities, denouncing irrational economic policies of the government which led prices to shoot up, making it so hard for most of the Iranians to even make ends meet.

As reported by several media outlets covering the anti-regime protests, these protests are remarkable. 

Thousands of Iranians took to streets. Also, anger of the protesters have reached its apex, with them chanting anti-regime slogans. 

Commentators are optimistic about these protests, saying the regime's grip started to slacken due to the rising popular anger. 

"People are marching on the streets for a better life. They are fed up with the regime, its policies and its methods of governance," they said.

Death to dictators 

Protesters in Mashhad, which is the second-biggest among Iran's cities, took to the streets while they were brimming over with anger. 


This anger, as multiple video footages have shown, led protesters to demand death of the country's top leader and head of state.

"Death to Khamenei. Death to Rouhani. Death to dictators," protesters chanted. 
The demonstrators seemed to be angry at the Iranian meddling in the region. They deem such policies devastating and led them to such dreadful conditions. 

They chanted:" "If you stop one case of embezzlement, our problems will be solved", "Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, my soul is sacrificed for Iran”. 

Commentators lauded the chants of the protesters, saying they display the enormity of the people's rage.

"Every person, family, village and city in Iran is affected by the regime's expansionist foreign policy," they said."Iranian youth are sent to the inferno of battles beyond borders. Many of them die there. People don’t want the blood of their offspring to go down the drain."

 

Blackout 

Official and semiofficial media platforms in Iran shunned covering the ongoing protests. 
This has sparked harsh criticism by several observers familiar with the matter. 

For his part, Dr. Mohammed al-Salami (head of the Gulf Arab Center for Iranian Studies) criticized the media blackout imposed by Iran on recent events and demonstrations that swept across several parts of the country.


In a Twitter post, he said:"Protests broke out in four cities in Iran so far. They demand toppling the regime and withdrawing forces from Syria and Lebanon and giving more attention to the people."

He added:"There will be fresh protests on Friday. And there is no professional media coverage by the regime. Police are heavily deployed on the streets. And gunfire is ranging out across these cities."

Iran, an oil-rich nation, is hit with severe poverty rates, with millions of people living in dreadful condition. 

Khomeni relief foundation's head Periwz Fatah said that over 40 million Iranians are living under the poverty line, making up nearly half of the country's 80 million populations.

On Twitter, he also attacked the official relief foundation, saying the aid it distributed covered the needs of no more than 10 million people. "There are many people in Iran. There are millions living under the poverty line." 

Soaring prices 

The Iranian government is heavily taking on the people's livelihoods. It issues decisions every other day to raise prices. 

Tallies show prices of fuel have been increased by 50 percent. This increase led inflation to hike.


Also, Rouhani's government declared the financial aid offered to millions of people will be revoked as of next year. 


Hope for change

 

The Iranian people have been attempting to get rid of the ironclad theocracy ruling the country for decades. 

In 2009, people took to streets to protest rigging the presidential elections in favor of the conservative candidate Mahmoud Ahamdinejad. 

Protests were violently put down, with hundreds killed and detained. 

In 2005, the Ahwazi people rose up, demanding their freedom as they seek to liberate the oil-rich area from the clutches of the regime. 

Citing these incidents, commentators said time is ripe for the regime in Iran to fall. "The Iranians  have every single justification to rise up against the regime."

They added:"The regime, in power since 1979, have suppressed the rights of minorities, improvised, killed, tortured the people and set about implementing expansionist schemes across the region."

"The message in today's protests was clear: the regime should stop adventures and go." They noted, affirming what is happening in Iran is a genuine hope for change.








  

Last Modified: 12 29 2017 12:49 AM

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