It seems that the Mullah regime's demise is approaching. The regime's iron fist is threatened as unrest continues in the country for the third day running, according to observers.
Since Thursday night Iranians have been staging protests to express their anger at the country's failed domestic and foreign policies which has brought about poverty, inflation, unemployment and corruption.
Unemployment rose to 12.4 percent this fiscal year up 1.4 percentage points, according to the Statistical Center of Iran.
Several Iranians were shot during protests late Saturday, sources said, after Iran's government warned citizens against holding "illegal" public gatherings.
Protesters in Iran who have staged three days of demonstrations over economic hardship and corruption should pay a high price if they break the law, the government said on Sunday.
Corruption, economic hardship
The protests, described as the largest public display of discontent since the 2009 Green Movement in Iran, have emerged against a backdrop of rising food and gasoline prices.
Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and other experts told CNN Sunday the endemic economic mismanagement and corruption have left Iranians disenchanted.
Government policies have brought about higher unemployment and inflation. And there's a lack of sturdy international investment, Parsi added.
"The nuclear deal is overwhelmingly supported by the Iranian public, but there was an expectation that much more economic development would come out of it," Parsi said.
Similarly, Alireza Nader, a senior international analyst and Iran researcher at the RAND Corporation in Washington, told the American news network that people have also lost trust in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
"The government is viewed as highly corrupt, increasing inequality is seen by the population as really a form of injustice," he said, adding "this was supposed to be a system that delivered justice to the people after the revolution of 1979 and it has failed."
Kasra Naji told BBC a common factor in all locations has been protesters' demand for an end to clerical rule in Iran.
There is also anger at Iran's interventions abroad. In Mashhad, some chanted "not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran", a reference to what protesters say is the administration's focus on foreign rather than domestic issues.
Iran is a key provider of military support to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. It is also accused of providing arms to Houthi terrorists fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which it denies, and is an ally of Lebanon's Shia militia Hezbollah.
Following the Mullah regime's use of force, which killed and injured many, to suppress the peaceful protests, the international community and world leaders have expressed their support for Iranian protesters.
The US State Department urged the international community to support the Iranian people's "demands for basic rights and an end to corruption."
"Iran's leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos," said spokeswoman Heather Nauert. "As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are Iran's own people.
"Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever," US President Donald Trump wrote, quoting his speech. "And the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice."
"The world is watching!" he added.
US Vice President Mike Pence also took to Twitter Saturday evening to reiterate the Trump administration's support for "peaceful protesters in Iran who are speaking out for freedom." Pence added, "... the time has come for the regime in Tehran end terrorist activities, corruption, & their disregard for human rights."
In the same tweet, Pence condemned the "arrests of innocents."
Senator Ted Cruz issued an official statement, Saturday, expressing his solidarity with the people of Iran.
According to senator Cruz, “These protests reveal to the world that the Iranian regime would rather export and finance terror beyond its borders, especially to its terrorist proxies in Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen, than work to meet the basic needs of its own citizens”.
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