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Iran protests escalate as demonstrators demand removal of mullah's regime

Iran protests

Activists have posted on social networking sites dozens of clips show angry demonstrations that erupted in several Iranian cities and regions, including the capital Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad and Karaj.


On Thursday, the pace of protests in Iranian cities has escalated after the collapse of the Iranian riyal, which led Iranians to launch a comprehensive revolution over the mullah's regime.


During the protests, activists said that protesters chanted slogans that demand Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei to get out of the country.


Iranian security forces fired tear gas, birdshots and blank cartridges against protesters in Isfahan's northern district of New Shapur. The protesters also clashed with the security forces and burned car tires.


President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajawi praised uprising of the people of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Ahwaz, Karaj, Arak, Shahin-Shahr, Najafabad and other cities.


“By defying the criminal Revolutionary Guards, Bassijis and plainclothes agents once again, the arisen women and youth represent a defiant generation which will not rest until the Iranian people and nation are free. They displayed the anger and hatred of the Iranian people toward the religious dictatorship ruling Iran. Today is the month of blood, Khamenei will be overthrown”, Rajawi said.


In west of Tehran, protesters set fire to police cars while chanting "Death to the dictator" in response to security forces firing of tear gas.


The Iranian riyal fell to its lowest level against the US dollar to reach 112,000 riyals amid an increasing economic crisis and imminent return of US sanctions.


In April, the Iranian currency has lost one-third of its value. This fall in the exchange rate pushed the government to halt domestic foreign-exchange transactions and outlaw foreign-currency holdings of more than €10,000 or $12,000.


The devaluation of the local currency has sparked a public outcry due to the rapid rise of imported goods' prices.


In an attempt to control the fall of the Riyal’s value, the Iranian authorities announced in April that they would unify the exchange rate of the dollar in the official and black markets at 42 thousand riyals with the prohibition of trading at any other price.


The authorities said that those who will violate this decision will be imprisoned.


But this decision did not eliminate currency trading in the black market because the authorities offered much lower amounts of foreign currency through official market.


Activists said if the economic crisis continued in Iran, it will cost the country too much.           

Last Modified: Friday، 03 August 2018 12:22 PM