Protests once again erupted in Tehran following a soccer match on Saturday. These protests came after over two weeks of protests in Khuzestan province due to water shortages. A few days after protests in Tabriz due to the skyrocketing prices and the power outages in Tehran’s Mobile Market.
In other words, any social or economic problem could spark protests in Iran’s restive society. Iran’s explosive society and people are frustrated with 42 years of oppression and corruption. The regime is no longer to control this restive society by taking oppressive measures. The regime’s inhumane Covid-19 policy, such as inaction in the face of the amplifying crisis and lack of vaccination, has also failed.
“Tehran was closed for a week. When people returned to work, they faced power outages. People do not tolerate these problems,” wrote the state-run Arman daily on August 1.
Now, any issue could result in protests with people aiming at the regime officials and chanting anti-government slogans such as “down with the dictator.”
These protests indicate that Iran’s society no longer tolerates poverty, discrimination, unemployment, hunger, deception, corruption, and other crises created by the mullahs’ regime.
On Friday, mothers of Iran protest martyrs in November 2019 marched and gathered in Tehran. Their protest shows the taboo of oppression has shattered, and the regime cannot intimidate the public.
“Why protests erupted in Tehran last night? What motivation has encouraged the youth to chant radical slogans? Where did it come from?” wrote the state-run Ensaf News on Saturday. Ensaf News on July 23, days after protests in Khuzestan, warned that “This winter will witness the biggest chaos of the country and protests are inevitable.”
The regime’s parliament has recently passed the internet censorship plan. This plan could trigger more protests, terrifying the regime’s insiders. Some of the regime officials warn that the regime would start a new round of protests by implementing this plan. In contrast, others warn that allowing people to use the internet would result in more protests and people’s being connected to the organized Resistance movement.
Both warnings are suitable, but they also show that the regime is in a deadlock and has not much time.
“Confronting people’s demands would only waste time,” wrote the state-run Aftab-e Yazd daily on Sunday, adding that any other option but addressing people’s demands “would have opposite results.”
The ongoing protests in Iran would also underline the regime’s illegitimacy for the entire world and result in more international pressure on the mullahs and their oppressive apparatus. These recent developments have caused the state media to express fear of the regime’s future.
The protests taking place in different cities of the country these days have a tremendous negative impact on foreign policy. The combination of these challenges causes us not to be optimistic about the near future. Even with a closer look, these challenges will be frightening for the system if there is no fundamental thought.