All hell has broken loose in the Islamic Republic of Iran as protests over corruption have led to a vicious crackdown by the oppressive regime that rules the country with an iron fist.
According to reports, at least two protesters were killed as government troops moved to quash the uprising against supreme leader Ali Khamenei who isn’t going to go down without a brutal response that could set new standards for viciousness.
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) December 31, 2017
Protests continued to roil Iran over the weekend, as the government has reportedly opened fire on anti-government protesters and shut down popular social media platforms in the country.
Why are the Iranians protesting?
The protests, which have now reached their third day, center around a number of economic and social issues that have festered in Iran for years. One source of frustration has been economic stagnation in the country, which Iranian citizens expected to improve with the lifting of economic sanctions as part of the 2015 deal struck with the Obama administration. While the nuclear deal lifted sanctions on some areas of the Iranian economy, many Iranian companies and industries are still subject to an international blacklist. Additionally, the Trump administration placed new sanctions on Iran this summer after a rocket launch this July.
These sanctions, combined with endemic government corruption, have caused rising unemployment and inflation in Iran while most of the rest of the world has enjoyed a relatively bullish economy in 2017.
Iranians are also protesting a number of social issues, including a law that has been in place since the 1979 making the wearing of a hijab mandatory for women. An iconic video of an Iranian woman defiantly waving a flag with her face uncovered has come to symbolize the whole protest movement.
Additional information via Reuters:
Giving his first public reaction to the protests, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm, saying Iranians had the right to protest and criticize the authorities.
But he warned, according to official media: “The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society.”
Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic’s unelected clerical elite and government.
Reports of government thuggery began almost immediately after the protests started.
President Trump condemned the regime via Twitter:
Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
With the protests now in their fourth day, the government has restricted social media access having learned from the insurrection back in 2009 when the shooting of Neda Agha-Soltan went viral and provided inspiration to the protesters.
With word of the killings and goon squads in the streets, Trump sent a New Year’s Eve message to the mad mullahs that human rights violations will not be tolerated and the U.S. is watching closely.
Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
How’s that Iran deal looking now, Obama?