Iran woke up to not only the continuation, but escalation of Thursday’s protests that began in the North Eastern Iranian city of Mashhad. Though the Thursday protests were not limited to just Mashhad, the speed with which it spread throughout Iran was a happy surprise for many Iran watchers. For Iranians however, this is nothing new. Protests have been going on every week, in every corner of Iran, since the inception of the Khomeiniist regime, back in 1979. Every imaginable social stratum has fought hard for its rights and has continued to do so decade after decade for nearly 40 years. And given the fact that the protests are in fact ongoing on some level or other, Iranians have continually seen systematic surges in protests that brings everyone out simultaneously. The last such wave was in 2009 when the Iranian people saw a real chance at exposing the regime’s level of criminality via the fraudulent presidential election. But they were betrayed by the Obama administration that was taken off guard and as we saw later, had, in fact, other plans with the Khomeiniist regime leaders. What was special about those protests was that for the first time, it coalesced all the social strata that had demonstrated separately throughout the years, making for a much more potentially cataclysmic movement than what the regime authorities expected, or had ever confronted so far. The Obama admin’s temporary immunity, which also covered the fanfare around the implausible Iran Deal, however could not hold another inevitable flood at bay forever. Fast forward, December 28th, 2017 and to another inevitable flood; except for the fact that in recent months Iranians had watched distressing videos of demonstrations by throngs of middle and lower income Iranians who were protesting week after week, in front of banks and investment houses that had closed and absconded with their life savings. And then there’s the ongoing nationwide plight of Iranian workers who work in 19th century conditions, often not getting paid for months on end, due to the malfeasance of the company management, corruption and so on. The highly touted Iran deal whose lifted sanctions were also meant to bring economic stability of sorts back to Iran also turned out to be an illusion. And of course, skyrocketing prices – in practically everything – that the average Iranian cannot afford, on top of all the rest of the grievances and abuse that people in Iran are forced to endure.
Finally today, a prolific caricature of the young woman who was shown in a video yesterday, waving a white flag made out of her headscarf, in peaceful protest to forced hijab laws was published with the nickname ‘The Statue of Liberty’.
Below are videos from cities around Iran today, with translations of the chants being repeated by the protesters.
Iran, city of Hamadan – Iranian protesters breaking bank windows. One of the many issues which is increasing the daily protests throughout Iran is the issue of the regime’s rampant corruption and embezzlement of people’s bank accounts.
Iran – Kermanshah – Protesters chant: Not Gaza, not Lebanon, I give my life for Iran
Iran – Kermanshah – Today, in Kermanshah, Iranian Protesters chant: “Political Prisoners must be released!”
Iran – In Kermanshah, protesters chant to the leaders of the Khomeiniist regime: “Let go of Syria and give us some thought”
Iran – Today in Kermanshah, protesters chant: “The people have ended up becoming beggars while the (Supreme) Leader lords over everyone.”
Iran – Today in Kermanshah, protesters chant: “Independence, Freedom, Iranian Republic”. Protesters also called upon the security forces and guards to protect and join them vs. attack & arrest.
Iran – Protesters pull down and tear apart the Khomeiniist regime propaganda banners.
Iran – Today in Kermanshah, protesters confront the security forces and guards
Iran – Today in Kermanshah, protesters defend themselves against the regime in more street confrontations.
Iran – Today in the city of Ghoochaan, protesters chant: “Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid, we’re all united.”
Iran – Today in the city of Khorramabad, protesters chant: “What’s free in Iran? Plundering and abuse is free.”
Iran – Today in the city of Hamadan, protesters chant: “Death to Russia, Death to Russia!”
Iran – Today in the city of Hamadan, protesters chant: “Mullah have some shame, let go of the country” and “Death to the Dictator”
Iran – Today in the city of Qom which is one of the 2 main seats of Shia power (the other being Mashhad where the protests ramped up yesterday), protesters chant: “Mother look, father look: the youth are sitting around jobless while the Mullahs are sitting behind the desks!”
Iran – Today in the city of Qom which is one of the 2 main seats of Shia power (the other is Mashhad where protests ramped up yesterday), Protesters chant: “Death to Hezbollah, Death to Hezbollah!” and “Shame on you Ali Khamenei, let go of this country!”
Iran – Today in the city of Qazveen, protesters chant: “Cannons, tanks and rockets…Mullahs need to get lost!”
Iran – Today in the city of Ahvaaz, protesters chant: “Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid, we’re together & united ”
Iran – Today in the city of Esfahan, a brave lady stands up to security guards who are trying to disperse protesters and break up the protests.
Iran – Today in the city of Rasht, protesters chant: “We will die, we will die but we will take Iran back!”
Iran – Today in the city of Ghazveen, protesters chant: “Compatriot! Pour out onto the street and scream for your rights!”
Iran – Today in the city of Zahedan. Protesters chant: “Let go of Syria and give us some thought”
Today in the city of Qom which is one of the 2 main seats of Shia power (the other being Mashhad where the protests ramped up yesterday), protesters chant: “We don’t want, we don’t want an Islamic Republic!” and “Death to the Dictator!”
Iran – Today in Esfahan. Protesters chant: “Death to Khamenei”
Iran – Today in the city of Esfahan. Protesters chanting: “Seyyed Ali (first name & title of Khamenei, the Supreme Leader) excuse me…but it’s time you got up off the seat (of power)”
Iran – Tonight in the city of Rasht. Throngs of people have blocked the security guards and refuse to allow them to pass by, as they chant: “Death to the Dictator” and “Support us, support us, Security Guards!”