Over the past few weeks, the Iranian regime has desperately tried to bring an end to the protests across Iran, going as far as to rush executions for detained protesters.
Contrary to its expectations that such actions would cease ‘dissent’, when the regime announced a new round of executions, people from all walks of society stood alongside families of the death row protesters and gathered in front of Gohardasht prison to stop the regime’s cruel intention.
Despite all the regime’s threats, acts of repression, and the spread of fear, protests continue for a fifth consecutive week. During that time, protests have become more restive, and people are taking to the streets with any excuse.
The regime’s overthrow has become the nation’s main objective and the people’s unity is growing. Many people are taking part in the memorial ceremonies for the martyrs of the protests, visiting their tombs to pay their respect for their fallen heroes and heroines, and making a covenant to continue their way.
The slogans of the people are speaking by themselves about the real situation happening on the ground in Iran. ‘Death to the dictator’ and ‘Death to Khamenei’, referring to the regime’s supreme leader, have become the most chanted slogans.
Every night, people across the county are crying from the rooftops and balconies for freedom. They are grafting the goals and the desire of the Iranian people, uniting the struggle on the streets with those behind the bars. This has become a significant challenge for the regime.
On the other side of the scale, the regime is losing one of its main tools for repression, misogyny. Khamenei and the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi were forced to retreat and ask their supporters for milder behavior while dealing with girls and women who are not adhering to the regime’s fabricated dress code.
The regime is being backed into a corner and this is only expanding the fear and gap between its supporters and repressive forces.
In addition, Khamenei was also forced to acknowledge the people’s critical economic situation. He said, “Yes, there is no doubt that we have an economic problem, there is no doubt that we have problems in the people’s livelihood.”
He then expressed his frustration and fear about the people’s reaction to their livelihood problems and the growing poverty, asking, “Can the economic problem be solved by burning the garbage can? Will it be solved by coming and rioting in the street?”
In response, the people have clearly responded to Khamenei’s silly questions while chanting, “Poverty, Corruption, High prices, we will move forward until overthrow.”
Khamenei was also forced to admit to his impasse in repression as he stated, “What can eliminate the temptation that affects a young person or teenager? Baton cannot solve the problem; explanation can solve that temptation.”
In an unprecedented confession, Khamenei was forced to admit the destructive effects of the Iran-Iraq war on the people, economy, and progression, despite his using it for many years as an excuse for repression. He said, “We could have been ahead of this, they committed a crime and imposed 8 years of war on us. Well, a country that concentrates all its forces for 8 years to defend the country, these forces could be used in construction, could advance the country, and could eradicate poverty.”
It should be noted that the regime’s founder, Ruhollah Khomeini, paved the way for this senseless war. Everyone knows that the Iraqi forces left Iran and returned behind the international borders in 1982, and the Iraqi government continuously announced its readiness for a ceasefire and peace, as did the international community. It was Khomeini who insisted on continuing the war until the last house was standing in Tehran.
The question now is which factor has changed the situation against the regime? The answer is simple. The five months of continuing protests.
All the regime’s efforts to stop them have failed so far. The people’s democratic revolution will continue to increase the crisis within the regime and will move forward to more radical ways and responses against them in their fight for freedom.