The Iranian people are standing up to the regime, despite the repressive measures that are being imposed, because of the deepening economic crisis. The rial is decreasing in value, inflation is rising, and wages are not being paid. Unemployment remains high, despite the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which lifted various sanctions and gave companies access to the Iranian marketplace.
Many in the Iranian resistance argue that the corruption and poor decision making of the regime have squandered the resources of the Iranian people, leaving them with little economic benefits from the JCPOA. Now that sanctions are being renewed, the Iranian people see only one way forward and that is through regime change.
Regime not willing to give up
In response to a wave of protests throughout the country, the Iranian regime has empowered the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other authorities to do whatever it takes to break up the protests. Protesters are being attacked with tear gas, as the Iranian regime refuses the opportunity to renew talks with the United States and the Trump administration.
Videos obtained from the protests show protesters confronting security forces despite their weapons and use of tear gas. Protesters are chanting anti-regime slogans and suffered the consequences.
In Karaj, police repressive forces, riot guards, and plainclothes officers tried to disperse the people with physical violence and tear gas. The protesters also made barricades and stopped vehicles by lying down in the streets.
Rajavi praised efforts of protesters and called for support
In light of the protests, the Iranian resistance coalition, known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi saluted the rising young people and encouraged them to not give up.
“By defying the criminal Revolutionary Guards, Bassijis, and plainclothes agents once again today, the arisen women and youth represent a defiant generation which will not rest until the Iranian people and nation are free. They displayed the anger and hatred of the Iranian people toward the religious dictatorship ruling Iran,” said Rajavi.
Internal dissent grows in Iran
Members of the international community are noting that the impending sanctions, along with the economic crisis in Iran, are having a larger impact than many anticipated.
“Iran at the moment is in a difficult condition, especially economic condition,” said Imad Salamey, a professor at Lebanese American University in Beirut. “Its currency is collapsing quite rapidly. Internal dissent is growing.”
This week’s protests come just after demonstrations last month in Tehran that included a clash outside the Iranian parliament.