Every day the people’s hatred toward Iran’s regime is increasing, and the regime’s officials are forced to confess about it against their will and warn each other about their administration and its future consequences if they continue their current behavior.
This is a path the endpoint of which is becoming darker for the regime because of its corruption, theft, plundering, repression, ignorance, and censorship.
Hassan Bayadi, the leader of the so-called Abadgaran faction, demonstrated the regime’s fear of an uprising and confessed:
“By the end of December, there is a possibility of unexpected socio-political events. Due to internal recklessness, our people have crossed over the factions and are not satisfied with the situation, and so far, the previous discourses have not been a solution.
“Therefore, the analysis of existing problems should be expressed fair, although in the occurrence of these problems should not be overlooked the role of factions linked to power and wealth, which, unfortunately, like an octopus, has infiltrated many important economic and political organizations and some seemingly justified human beings willingly or unwillingly, are the perpetrators of their oppression.” (State-run Entekhab website, 30 August)
The state-run Mardom Salari daily also warned in an editorial on 31 August, referring to the growing social gap and the danger of an uprising: “The way out of the stalemate is usually violent tools and methods. The protest movements of December 2017 and November 2019 and the inappropriate confrontation with them are not a good sign in this regard. Naturally, violent movements have many negative consequences.”
The state-run daily Mostaghel on 1 September, quoting Qassem Mirzaei Niko, a former member of the regime’s parliament, acknowledged the growing frustration and dissatisfaction of the people with the regime and wrote: “I now see that frustration in society has increased against the performance of the three branches.”
He warned against the complete closure of messenger apps on the Internet due to public protests and said: “Movements such as blocking cyberspace are not well reflected among the people because it is against the needs and desires of the people. The frustration and distrust that has been created in the minds and thoughts of the people about the government and the entire power system is the result of similar actions in the past. Such moves are not well reflected among the people.”
One of the events that reflected the people’s frustration and the regime’s fear about the consequences of its behaviors against the people was the story of the ‘Abolfazl’ village, near Ahvaz, in southern Iran.
While the regime’s Mostazafan Foundation under the control of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei tried to destroy the homes in this village, claiming that the land of this village belonging to this foundation, the people confronted the regime’s agents and the escalations took place for more than a week.
Finally, the regime was forced to step back in fear of a chain reaction across the country. It sent Ali Shamkhani, the regime’s Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) to the region to calm the situation down.
On this, the state-run daily Etemad on 31 August wrote: “The story of Abolfazl village and the claims of the Mostazafan Foundation to be its owner had been reported in the media for some time, but perhaps no one imagined that one day the controversy would escalate to the point of tear gas and bullets. The films and the behaviors are so clear that perhaps there is no need to speak and write about what happened in Abolfazl village. Now everyone knows that in ‘Abolfalz’, one side was defending its homes with stones and the other side was trying to carry out its mission with tear gas and legal orders and bullets.”