Since then, the protests simmered down but have not completely disappeared. It is clear that the widespread discontent is never going to disappear for as long as the regime remains in place and society is on the brink of another uprising.
The situation in Iran is changing and external influences are evolving. US President Donald Trump announced that he is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and Israel has been prominent in calling for Iran to be put under more pressure. Iran-backed Houthi rebels are being defeated rapidly and there is an online protest against the Iranian regime that has been instigated by the people. The people are making their voice heard about the regime’s adventures abroad and they are denouncing it for wasting state funds on foreign conflicts. They are also speaking out against the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that they are describing as “terrorists”.
The current battle is the fuel shortage that comes as a result of the protests held by truck drivers and young people who are fed up of the government trying to divide the country. Hundreds of people have been wounded in the latest wave of protests and several people have been killed. As with the last protests, several people have been reported missing under suspicious circumstances.
This is angering the people even more and they are taking to social media urging people to join the protests. The online campaign is picking up speed and there may soon be an outpouring of people onto the streets in an attempt to overthrow the corrupt and torturous regime. The protests are being led by young people who are the driving force behind the campaign.
It has been reported that bus drivers and truck drivers are protesting in more than 170 cities across the country and they are speaking out against their poor employment conditions and their poor salaries. Shopkeepers are also closing up their premises.
As well as protesting against the regime’s interference in foreign conflicts, the people are protesting against their unfair treatment. The women’s cause is something that is being brought to the forefront of the campaign and the pictures of women that have been murdered by the regime over the past four decades are being displayed online and in the streets. Furthermore, there has been an outpouring of public support for Mrs. Maryam Rajavi – the leader of the opposition group.
The Iranian regime evidently wants to stop any protests before they get out of the regime’s control, but it is clearly underestimating the will of the people.