Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is currently considering a plan to topple President Hassan Rouhani and to make him appear as a scapegoat amid sweeping protests nationwide, sources anonymously told The Baghdad Post on Saturday.
The plan which is currently in the making was developed by Mohsen Rezaee, the Iranian conservative politician affiliated with the Resistance Front of Islamic Iran and former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the sources added.
According to the plan, Rouhani will be the only one responsible for hiking prices and the dire economic situation in the country.
Experts told The Baghdad Post that supporting Iranian people uprising by all possible means is the only way to foil Ahmadinejad's plot and get rid of the sectarian, theocratic and terrorist regime of Tehran, bringing stability to the Middle East and the world.
A dozen of Iranian cities witnessed sweeping Impromptu anti-government demonstrations during the past two days over corruption, hiking prices and notably foreign policies including the country's costly involvement in Iraq and Syria.
Demonstrations began in Mashhad on Thursday then they have spread to several major cities, creating the largest wave of protests in Iran since 2009 uprising.
This came after police used tear gas to disperse protesters in the city of Kermanshah in western Iran, arresting 52 people in Mashhad.
The collapse of credit institutions:
One lawmaker said these protests were also rooted in the collapse of credit institutions and other financial scandals.
Unauthorized lending institutions mushroomed under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad due to the weak regulation of the banking sector.
An uncontrolled construction boom left many banks and credit companies stuck with toxic debts, which combined with soaring inflation and the chaos caused by international sanctions, pushed many to default on their debts.
Since coming to power in 2013, Rouhani has shut down three of the biggest new credit institutions — Mizan, Fereshtegan and Samen al-Hojaj.
He tasked the central bank with reimbursing lost deposits, but many are still waiting for compensation.
Mashhad was among the areas hardest hit by the closure of Mizan, which had around one million accounts, according to the official IRNA news agency.
Kermanshah was particularly affected by problems at another credit institution, Caspian, according to the Tasnim agency.
The US condemnation
The US State Department said it “strongly condemns” the arrests and was monitoring the protests. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement the US urged “all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.”
"Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
“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,” she said. “As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are Iran’s own people.”