IT is natural for the Mullah regime to claim that the recent riots took place on a limited scale, and it was instigated and funded by foreign forces. It is expected of this regime to cast responsibility on anyone it wishes to; sometimes at the United States of America and Israel, as well as Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and even the foreign Iranian opposition.
However, this regime cannot deny the chants to topple the dictatorship from thousands of demonstrators in about 60 towns and counties. The subject of toppling here falls on Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei.
These chants against the authority of the country should not be underestimated at all, because it indicates the fact that the urge of changing the current regime has sunk into the public mood and the hand of security has weakened.
This situation is similar to the one which took place 39 years ago when demonstrations against the Shah, Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, started in the summer of 1978. Seven months later, the empire regime was ousted. At the time, the sparks of demonstration started with the protest against high cost of living and imposition of taxes on the poverty- stricken class which constituted 80 percent of the population.
This happened amid the extravagant life and organized looting of public wealth orchestrated by those in control of the Iranian economy, let alone the fact that demonstrations then received international support from the beginning.
This came especially after it was widespread as well as the inability of the notorious police squad SAVAK and other security agencies to stop the protest; in addition to the support that the demonstration received from the ‘Bazaar’. Furthermore, the US position during the Iranian revolution in 1979 was to get rid of the Shah.
This led to change of regime in Iran and the return of Khamenei to Tehran which was handled by France.
The current security control in Iran is tighter than during the reign of Shah. Today, there are ‘Basij’ forces, the intelligence service Revolutionary Guard and the military. All of these security forces are under the influence of power interest which dominates the regime.
The recent populace demonstration in various parts of Iran is a clear indication that the populace barrier of fear has been broken. This means the regime is unable to prevent repetition of such uprising, especially with the increasing poverty rate and emergence of a new class of the wealthy that threatened the interest of the active economic force.
The ‘Bazaar’ incurred enormous losses due to sanctions imposed on Iran as a result of its regime’s terrorism practices in the world. In addition, Iranians continue to see daily the scores of caskets of their compatriots returning from Syria and Iraq; while billions are spent on interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and sectarian militias so the new budget reached $11 billion. Also, the amount allocated for the supreme leader and religious institutions increased by about 20 percent; whereas the State stopped supporting millions of impoverished Iranians, in addition to privatization of public schools and petrol price hike which led to a remarkable increase in the cost of living and lack of necessities.
Indeed, the events which transpired in Iran in the last two weeks should not be downplayed, especially when the furious Iranians went on to burn the pictures of Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani.
This means they are igniting fire under the cloaks of religious rhetoric upon which the regime based its sacredness and imposed it as divine rule that its leaders masked themselves with while they continue to build their wealth empire at the expense of impoverished Iranians. Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “If poverty appeared in the shape of a man, I would have killed it” … What about the case of millions of Iranians who witness daily those who are impoverishing them continue to increase their wealth and brutality keeps on surging when they are starving? The least that Iranians can do is go out to the street while brandishing their swords in the face of those who made them starve, and usurped the blessings and wealth of their country.
Therefore, the ashes of oppression being waged by the Mullah regime will never extinguish the blazing fury of the people.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times