The November 2019 uprising in Iran has become a significant turning point for the Iranian people and the mullahs’ regime ruling their country.
In the eyes of senior Iranian officials, from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to the “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani, all protests pose national security threats and must be quelled instantly. In the eyes of the Iranian people, the latest developments quickly evolved from economic protests into an uprising calling for sweeping political change: they yearn to topple this regime.
Realizing the mounting public wrath and the necessity to deploy all-out brute force against a restive population, the mullahs’ shut down the internet for around a week to prevent the leaking of videos abroad and mask the ruthless nature of its forces.
As a result, with protests spreading to at least 187 cities across the country, more than 600 protesters were killed, at least 4,000 injured and arrestees reaching above the 10,000 mark, according to the Iranian opposition NCRI. New Reports indicate Iranian authorities are continuing with the arrests spree.
The crackdown employed by the regime has raised grave concerns across the global spectrum.
Amnesty International said: “Verified
video footage, eyewitness testimony from people on the ground and information
gathered from human rights activists outside Iran reveal a harrowing pattern of
unlawful killings by Iranian security forces, which have used excessive and lethal
force to crush largely peaceful protests in more than 100 cities across Iran
sparked by a hike in fuel prices on Nov. 15…”According to credible reports Amnesty
continues to receive, security forces in Iran unlawfully killed at least 161
protesters. Amnesty has made it clear they believe the real number is much
higher and are continuing to investigate. This international human rights
organization is also urging states to bring Iran's authorities to account.
The actual death toll is, unfortunately, expected to rise. And looking ahead, the mullahs are implementing a blueprint to launch the National Iranian Network inside the country and basically cutting off the Iranian people from the outside world, limiting them to a very low number of filtered websites.
Unlike what western mainstream media would argue, this massive crackdown and internet clampdown are all signs of not a regime in firm control, but one terrified of the Iranian people and desperately clinging on to its rule.
Despite the Internet blockage and the regime’s nonstop propaganda of containing the protests, Iran’s uprising is ongoing, continuous and taking place in the streets of Tehran, Tabriz, Ahvaz and other major cities.
This has prevented the regime from fully restoring internet in all cities.
In this regard, the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a press conference and presented an uprising report titled “Iran November Uprising Shows Protest Gains Irreversible, Regime Overthrow Achievable.”
It goes without saying that public anger is simmering, parallel to deep frustration and anger among millions across Iran against the mullahs. This sentiment will most definitely continue to escalate, especially since the people’s economic demands have not been met, and political dissent against the mullahs is constantly elevating.
It is crystal clear that the Iranian regime has no intent on providing for the people. On the other hand, Tehran continues to prioritize terrorist groups checkered across the Middle East far beyond the well-being of the Iranian people.
While high unemployment, skyrocketing inflation and government corruption are among the Iranian people’s economic dissatisfactions, slogans heard in recent protestsreflect a growing political resistance targeting the regime’s ruling establishment.
This effort specifically places in its crosshairs the mullahs’ human rights abuses, crackdown against freedom of speech, press and assembly, lack of rule of law, and ultimately seeks their complete overthrow.
The gasoline price hike decision sheds light on the regime’s utter desperation. However, it appears the mullahs’ miscalculated the powder keg nature of Iran’s society and also, the parallel uprising in Iraq.
The mullahs’ regime cannot consider the protests in its western neighbor as unrelated or separated to those we are witnessing in Iran. The nations of Iran and Iraq both consider the ruling mullahs as their common enemy, chanting slogans targeting Tehran’s rulers as the source of their miseries.
This is vividly seen as Iraqi protesters have twice torched the Iranian regime consulate in Najaf, a city in southern Iraq where Iran long claimed to enjoy vast support among Iraqi Shiites.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi being forced to resign is yet
another strategic blow to Tehran’s interests in Baghdad.
Across Iraq protesters are chanting, “Iran, out, out!” expressing their anger at Tehran’s meddling in their country. In Iran protesters are chanting, “Death to the dictator” and “Death to Khamenei,” referring to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. As a result, the uprisings in Iran, Iraq and also Lebanon, are intertwined, and all realizing the mullahs’ ultimate nightmare.
Signs indicate the dictatorship in Iran has decided to maintain its stance against the Iranian people through heavy crackdown. This decision will open the gates of hell on this regime, especially at a time when the mullahs are facing unprecedented crises, including political isolation, economic suffocation, growing domestic unrest and evaporating legitimacy across the Middle East.
All the while, the people rising against the mullahs’ regime literally have nothing to lose. Witnessing their last savings plundered,while being oppressed and humiliated to the very last drop of human tolerance, giving in to the status quo means nothing but a slow and painful death. As a result, one can conclude that the Iranian people have spoken; their uprising will continue, and they will topple the mullahs’ regime.