It is nearing 8 AM on Saturday morning in the country of Iran. Yesterday marked the first time since the 2009 aborted Green Revolution that widespread protests took place throughout the islamic republic.
On Friday, protests arose again spontaneously throughout the country as protesters in Iran’s largest cities took to the streets.
Many of the protesters displayed anti government slogans and were demanding a liberalization of policies of their government.
The country has been under the thumb of a religious theocratic oligarchy since their former dictator, the Shah, was toppled. The Shah was a western backed dictator who was attempting to engineer a liberalization of the Iranian culture when muslim reactionaries initiated their coup against him in 1979.
Since the Iranian Revolution, the citizens of Iran have lived under a strict religious based system of law derived from the Koran and other texts, known as Sharia law.
Sharia law has been criticized by a wide variety of organizations and individuals for its barbaric system of governance, especially with the treatment of women. Many western governments have been, officially or unofficially, endorsing the rule of Sharia law within their muslim communities to earn praise from the social justice warrior communities.
The government of Iran has been following the general trend of the Arab world in recent years in relaxing the restrictions placed on their citizens due to Sharia law. However, the concessions appear to have been too little and too late as the protests widened across the country.
Update17: Protesters in #Rasht (North of #Iran) are still on the streets and have blocked security forces’ way. Chanting: “Police help us to get ready de of the #IRGC and its #Basij force”. Chanting: ” We don’t want an Islamic Republic regime”. #IranProtests #RegimeChange https://t.co/WA1Nlm8YOu
Many journalists and members of various muslim organizations have weighed in on the ongoing protests, conventional wisdom appears to be that:
1. They will likely fail to do anything.
2. We (the United States) can’t endorse them because the protesters will be declared foreign agents.
3. Trump especially cannot say anything because of his travel ban executive order and his previous comments on muslims and the middle east.
The White House earlier Friday evening issued a statement that supported the protesters through the State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.
“We are following reports of multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country. Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are Iran`s own people.
The United States strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters. We urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.
On June 14, 2017, Secretary Tillerson testified to Congress that he supports ‘those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of government Those elements are there, certainly as we know.’ The Secretary today repeats his deep support for the Iranian people.”
President Trump himself has also weighed in:
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
Josh Caplan of Gateway Pundit has been reporting on Twitter of the continuing protests. Reports are coming in that the regime has opened fire on the protesters.
IranProtests: Residents of Kerman shout “The people are living like a beggar, the leader is behaving like the God!” https://t.co/zyFIrZPDYO
IranProtests: Protesters in Tehran tear down poster of Ayatollah Khamenei, chanting “Death to you!” https://t.co/kFgOKMcj6H
IranProtests: Residents of Najafabad join country-wide protests demanding “We don’t want an Islamic Republic!” https://t.co/HBYltJgwS9
IranProtests: Protesters in city of Amol call on fellow citizens to join them, chanting “Come out and ask for your rights!” https://t.co/fg6jgD5zii
IranProtests: Amazing sight as crowd in Semnan chants “Independence.. Freedom.. Iranian.. Republic!” https://t.co/ocaCj3zqfC
President Trump has added to his previous comments moments ago:
The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most…. https://t.co/W8rKN9B6RT
Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. The world is watching! https://t.co/kvv1uAqcZ9