Will Iran protests do anything to change the ayatollah’s regime?

· June 26, 2018  
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An unprecedented protest wave continues to grow throughout Iran, as the Iranian economy accelerates its downward spiral and citizens living under the regime are fed up with the mullahs’ extremist policies.

Thousands and thousands of Iranians have once again taken to the streets — a now daily occurrence — demanding economic order and political and social reforms.

This week’s protests began in the heart of the ayatollahs’ 1979 Islamic revolution, at Tehran’s Grand Bazaar. The vast majority of business owners have decided to close down shop while demanding better conditions.

It’s becoming quite clear that Iranians feel that the Islamic regime has abandoned them and has instead prioritized expanding the Islamic revolution that began four decades ago.

Expressing their dissatisfaction with the regime’s foreign policy, protesters chant, “Death to Palestine,” “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon,” and “Leave Syria and think of us.” There were also chants of “We don’t want the ayatollahs” and “Death to the dictator” heard from some of the other protesters throughout the country.

As the Iranian economy struggles mightily, the Tehran regime has dumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the coffers of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Trump administration has expressed its support for the inalienable rights of the Iranian people and their aspirations to live free under a government that protects their rights. However, the White House has been hesitant to take overt action to directly support any efforts to depose the mullahs.

It is quite clear that Iranians are entirely fed up with the regime. However, it remains to be seen whether they have the ability to take back the country for themselves, given that all of the firepower remains in the hands of the mullahs. It’s very possible that things may get much uglier in the weeks ahead, as the Islamic regime may again decide to pursue a brutal crackdown of this latest protest movement.


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for CRTV. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.