Protests have grown strong in Iran these past three days, reminiscent of the 2009 Green Movement, as people have grown tired of the ruling regime’s oppression. From The Wall Street Journal:

Antigovernment demonstrations broke out for a third day across Iran on Saturday, extending some of the country’s most widespread street protests in nearly a decade, with protesters demanding an end to the Islamic Republic regime and the rule of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Video shot from inside Iran and shared with The Wall Street Journal suggest large rallies at dozens of cities across the country.

The protesters seen in those videos bypassed calls for reform and branded both the reformist and hard-line factions of the government as outdated and needing to be replaced.

Working class and labor unions joined the middle class and student activists in dozens of cities and small towns from Tehran to Ahvaz and Qom, a key regime’s religious stronghold. In the videos shared with the Journal, protesters were seen chanting “Death to Khamenei,” and “We don’t want the Islamic Republic, we don’t want it” and “Reformist and hard-liners, you are both done.”

The regime has tried to deflect blame on foreign powers and anti-revolutionaries for the protests, but WSJ points out that these are just young college students. These protests have plenty of those in the working-class “that traditionally comprise the Islamic Republic’s power base,” which will make it harder for the regime’s excuse to stick.

It’s hard to confirm anything since the protests continue to unfold on social media. But the BBC reported that the protests “do not appear to be taking place on a massive scale” since the amount of people taking part in the “range from hundreds in some places to thousands in others.”

WSJ continued:

In the capital, at one point more than 100 people were seen gathered outside the gates of Tehran University and chanting slogans including, “Leave Gaza, leave Lebanon, my life for Iran,” a critique of spending on Iranian proxies abroad, and “Death to the dictator!” Video distributed on social media showed hundreds of young people at the university shouting slogans against Mr. Khamenei, as security forces stood by.

A few hundred riot police were deployed on nearby roads and blocked access to the university’s main gates. Plainclothes police were seen arresting one man near the Tehran University protests Saturday, although it wasn’t clear if he had taken part in the demonstrations. Police attempted to disperse the crowd using loudspeakers.

There were reports on social media and from Iranian dissidents about protests in other cities, including Kermanshah in the west and Isfahan in central Iran. The video couldn’t be independently verified, and it was difficult to ascertain how large the protests were.

Security forces were dispatched in other cities to disperse crowds and were seen on video using tear gas and batons, but the crackdowns appeared restrained compared with previous uprisings.

Voice of America (VOA) has reported that two people have died in the protests. The outlet stated that it’s “Persian service identified the victims as Hamzeh Lashni and Hossein Reshno.” A reporter from the outlet spoke with both families.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have shown support for those protesting against the Islamic regime:

Social Media

As I stated above, the story really comes to life on social media since there is no free press in Iran and the state media is fudging details. In fact, AFP wrote that state news channel IRINN does not have permission to cover the protests.

Here are a few posts from Twitter:

Remember, before the 1979 revolution, Iran sort of mirrored the West. But after the revolution, Sharia law took over, which included females wearing hijabs and remaining covered. Some on Twitter shared pictures of females pre-revolution:


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