Published On: Sun, Dec 31st, 2017

Iran: The Wave of Demonstrations Is Not Going Anywhere “We Want a Free Country”

The Iranian blogger who entered Israel with special permission, told Ynet "The Iranian demonstrations want people's rights." The Gulf states are satisfied.

“The Iranians want freedom and release Iran.” Nada Amin, the Iranian blogger who found refuge in Israel after fleeing from Iran to Turkey, where they wanted to turn her over to the Islamic Republic.

Amid the ongoing demonstrations against the ayatollahs’ regime and against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rowhani, Amin said in an interview with Ynet:

“We want a life without a dictator and without Islam.”

At the same time, following the report this morning that Iran is blocking the use of the Internet on mobile phones, the CEO of  Telegram Messer confirmed that the use of the application was blocked.

Although Iran protested against the government and masses took to the streets in 2009, the regime managed to suppress the demonstrations. Amin believes that this time the demonstrations will lead to change. They want freedom, which is very different from what happened six years ago, and I hope that this time the Iranian people will be able to change the administration,” she said.

Are you more optimistic today? When you talk to your friends in Iran, they sound optimistic, they hope for change?

“This time the Iranians hope to change the regime. Yesterday I wrote on Facebook and call the Iranians in Israel and Israelis:

‘Please join us, the Iranians, and help us replace this regime.’ We can help them here, from Israel.

I’m Iranian and I can not go back to my country, but I can help my country and support my brothers and sisters in demonstrations against the regime.”

On Tuesday, a demonstration against the Iranian regime will take place at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem.
Dr. Tamar Eilam-Gindin, an expert on Iranian affairs, explains why the Iranians are taking to the streets.

“It started as an economic protest over the cost of living, but it completely turned into a protest against the regime.

At first, we let them demonstrate, and now we start to suppress the demonstrations, there are arrests, and we heard about the dead.

The main difference between the current protest and the demonstrations in 2009 is that the demonstrators started small in the periphery and grew up and reached Tehran later. ”

According to Dr. Eilam-Gindin, “The conspiracy theories on the street, which people repeat as a fact, claim that the conservatives at the top, namely Khamenei and his people, organized the demonstrations. Therefore, it was initially only in small cities and organized by Basij people, the supporters of a regime.

The regime had recruited to demonstrate against Rouhani because they wanted to kick him out. There is always tension between the president and the leader, and in the second term, it is always tenser. Rouhani from the beginning has been relatively moderate. He was the most moderate of all possible candidates in both the previous elections and in these elections, and they let him be elected – perhaps to calm the people. ”

Iranian attorney Shirin Abadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts for democracy and human rights, made it clear that the demonstrations would not fade and disappear. “It will be bigger than the demonstrations that took place in 2009,” she told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

“The roots of anger are combined with economic and social problems. Iran is in a severe economic crisis, and corruption has led the nation to an unprecedented low. The nuclear agreement did not help either, and the citizens are furious about it. ”

The Arab world is closely monitoring developments throughout Iran. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, Iran’s sworn enemies are happy with the protest. The news sites and newspapers attempt to inflate the events is well felt in the headlines.

The headline in the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reads: “The revolution of death to Khamenei crossed 20 cities in Iran.” In the Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh, it was written: “The Persian Spring was ignited, Trump for the priests in Tehran: The world is following.”

The caricatures in the Arab world do not ignore what is happening. The London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Asharq Al-Awsat,  published this morning a portrayed Iran as a boiling kettle, the regime was trying to block. Al-Bayan, which is published in the United Arab Emirates, presented the land on the Iranian street under the feet of the local leadership.

The headline of the Qatari Al-Jazeera website also dealt with continuing protests in Iran against President Rohani and the government. The website of Al-Arabiya said: “The Iranian intifada is growing, and calls are being made to demonstrate in 70 cities on Sunday.” The Arabic-language Sky News network highlighted the fact that several demonstrators were killed last night, according to social activists.

Despite these reviews, the Arab papers distributed this morning still turned their attention to the 2017 agreement – and less to protests in Iran. If the protest expands, they probably will not be able to ignore it.

The media affiliated with the Iran-Hezbollah line blatantly ignore the popular protests.

In these networks, state officials condemn the wave of protest. It is in the administration’s interest not to inflame the protestor or to expand its scope.

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