Many of the Regime’s officials have even acknowledged that the economy is failing because of government corruption and mismanagement and cannot survive much longer, including secretary general of the Motalefeh party Mohammad Nabavi Habibi, and MPs Mohammad Aboutorabi Fard and Ghasem Mirzaei Nikoo. They report that the Regime has failed on “several fronts” and do not have a way out of the situation.

Even state-run Tadbir newspaper reported that the economic problems in Iran have become “become exacerbated in recent months and they are affecting all of the people” in its August 16 article.

The Regime officials, driven to despair over the fact that they cannot contain these protests, have confessed their fear over the true driving force behind this nationwide uprising: Iranian Resistance group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Mohammad Reza Khanzeli, a so-called expert in the Regime and one of the leaders of the Isfahan bassij, said that the MEK is influencing these protests at around the same time as the Regime’s 40th anniversary in order to damage the Regime.

He said: “The enemy has four possible plans: polarizing the society, creating a divide in the government, mental warfare against the government and creating an environment of despair in the people by highlighting the problems and describing the government as not being able to solve them.”

Of course, he is right in that the MEK is organising these protests, something acknowledged by supreme leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, but he is wrong about everything else. The leader of Friday prayers in Jiroft also accused that the MEK of trying to divide the nation, but this is not true.

The Regime is not able to solve these problems and the ordinary people know that, which means that the MEK isn’t dividing society. All Iranians are united in calling for the overthrow of the Regime, even if the mullahs don’t want to admit it. That’s why the people are out in the streets shouting “Death to Khamenei” “Death to Rouhani” and “Mullahs, have shame and let go of the power.”

The MEK is helping to embolden the people and organise the protests, but this is the will of the Iranian people. The Iranian people want a government led by the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, Maryam Rajavi, who is committed to human rights and democracy for all.