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By INU Staff

INU - The protests which have erupted in Iran over the past few days came as a surprise, claim many world leaders. As recently as October, many European politicians and American analysts confidently declared that American sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had united the Iranian people behind the nation's government. In fact, Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, tweeted a proclamation saying, "Today, Iranians — boys, girls, men, women — are ALL IRGC; standing firm with those who defend us & the region against aggression & terror.”

By INU Staff

INU -The recent protests, begun last Thursday in Iran, are different to those that occurred in 2009, when Iranians, angry about the presidential election in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated his “reformist” rival Mehdi Karroubi, rebelled. That was know as the “Green Revolution” and was led by an elite, educated and well-to-do metropolitans supporting to the reformist movement. It was not about regime change.

By INU Staff

INU - In response to the violent protests that have brought six days of unrest in Iran, US President Trump said on Twitter, “The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime.” He added, “All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their 'pockets.' The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The US is watching!”

By INU Staff

INU -Widespread, civilian protests have engulfed Iran in a manner not seen since the 2009 Green Protests- although those protests were centred in Tehran and had many fewer demonstrators- and showcase that the base issues that the Iranian people have with the reigning mullahs are not going away anytime soon.

By INU Staff

INU -After beginning with a focus on economic issues last Thursday, the nationwide protests in the Islamic Republic of Iran quickly became outlets for a number of familiar activist causes. As well as simply calling for the resignation of the regime’s leadership and the end of the system of absolute clerical rule, many activists have used these demonstrations to reiterate their condemnation of some of the restrictions that that system had imposed upon them.

By INU Staff

INU - Monday marked the fifth day of the protests that had spread across much of Iran after the first incidents were reported in the nation’s second city of Mashhad on Thursday. As the geographic scope of the demonstrations has spread, so too have the demands being voiced by participants. The initial protest was reportedly sparked by poor economic indicators and the sharp rise in the price of certain commodities, but since then slogans have been heard in as many as 50 cities calling for large-scale reforms or even calling for “death to the dictator”, in reference to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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