The protesters’ slogans that quickly transformed to calls for the overthrow of the Iranian regime and the ouster of its supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, including the slogan of “Death to Khamenei” are perhaps the most notable characteristics of the demonstrations during the Iranian people’s uprising that shook different cities across Iran in the past few days.
On Friday, various cities including Tehran, Karaj, Eshtehard, Isfahan, Ghahdariijan, Andimeshk, Mashhad, Shiraz, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Shiraz and many more cities were host to the demonstration and expression of anger and disgust of the mullahs’ regime. The protests, which began at dusk, continued in many cities until midnight, and turned into clashes with the regime’s mercenaries and repressive forces.
The latest round of protests and uprising are taking place against the backdrop of escalating economic problems, unemployment, rising prices and the dwindling value of the rial, Iran’s national currency. In many cities, however, protesters are chanting “Death to dictator” and “Death to Khamenei,” a clear and irrefutable call for regime change. This indicates that the people of Iran know well what is the source of their miseries and the daily degradation of their livelihoods.
Among the slogans are chants of “People are begging while the leader is ruling like god.” While Iran’s economy has been in a free-fall, the regime’s authorities and the IRGC continue to embezzle and steal from the country’s wealth to build their own personal economic empires. The National Council of Resistance of Iran has disclosed many of the details of the Iranian regime’s government-induced corruption and how its officials are directly stealing the people’s wealth.
With the Trump admin. soon reimposing sanctions against Iran, the Iranian economy is as feeble as ever.
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There have also been direct clashes between protesters and security forces dispatched to quell the demonstrations and disperse the crowds. The people are becoming bolder in confronting the regime’s repressive forces. Accordingly, it’s clear that the regime’s riot police and Bassij para-militia are becoming more and more reluctant to directly engage in conflicts with the protesters. Videos obtained in recent days show the police shooting at demonstrators from afar.
As protests continue in Iran, the regime is preparing to face the new round of U.S. sanctions coming into effect on Monday. While the regime has tried to blame the U.S. and other foreign powers for Iran’s economic grievances, the people of Iran hold no illusion as to who is to blame. In the latest protests, demonstrators were chanting, “Sorry Seyyed Ali [Khamenei], it’s time for you to go.”
“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 Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
“The protesters will not rest until the Iranian people and nation are free,” she added.