The protests, across cities like Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Shahin Shahr and Najafabad, featured protesters chanting anti-regime slogans, like “Mullahs must go!” and “[President Hassan] Rouhani be ashamed, let go of our country!”, while setting the motorbikes of the Regime’s thug forces on fire. There are thousands of protesters in the streets on a daily basis, but their numbers are growing and they are getting hard for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to control.
These people are protesting the failing economy and a currency that dropped to record lows in value over the weekend, but these problems will only come more sharply into focus once US sanctions roll back into place on Monday. The mullahs dangerously destabilised the economy in order to fund foreign wars and line their own pockets, so the people want to make sure that they pay for it.
The mullahs try to paint the protests as foreign meddling – something that they know a lot about –but these protests come from the Iranian people. They are real and they are going to take the mullahs down.
Shahin Gobadi, the spokesman of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the largest resistance group in Iran, said: “The continuation and the frequency of the protests throughout 2018, despite the imposition of pervasive suppression and daily arrests and executions designed to intimidate the public, vividly reflects the growing sentiment among the Iranians that the only solution is a regime change by the people. It also proves once again that the correct policy by the international community regarding the ruling theocracy is the policy of firmness. The clerical regime is fast moving towards the precipice, and the world should stand on the side of the Iranian people on their quest for freedom.”
The international community should be approaching Iran with a firm policy, rather than concerning themselves with appeasement. However, they should also support the calls for regime change.
L. Todd Wood, a former special operations helicopter pilot, wrote: What these brave Iranians do need is our moral support — and continued financial pressure on the regime. If President Drumpf and his administration can take away the ability of the mullahs to enrich themselves and steal from the Iranian people, he will have done the Iranian people a great service. Shutting down Iranian oil exports and removing Iran’s ability to use the global banking system will create the conditions for regime change from within Iran.