By now, it’s safe to say that the protests in Iran are, at the very least, being co-opted by Western powers in order to destabilize the Iranian government. Given the fact that the Trump administration and the Israeli government have recently agreed upon a plan to “counter” Iran’s influence in the region, the nature of the protests, and the violence stemming out from them as well as the individuals and organizations expressing such vociferous support for them, the idea that they are an organic uprising of Iranians is one that is getting further and further from the realm of possibility.
That the Iranian protests are taking the same form of the Green Movement in Iran in 2009 as well as the Egyptian, Libyan, and Syrian protests during the so-called “Arab Spring,” color revolution/destabilization campaigns is becoming more and more evident.
Even in the reports by the untrustworthy CNN, the fact that the protests are not mere working people or hippies in the park can be readily seen. The CNN article reads,
The rallies began Thursday over the country’s stagnant economy and rising living costs, but they developed into a broader outcry against the government and intensified over the weekend.Many of the protesters are young Iranians tired of the lack of economic opportunity in the country.
Protesters hit the streets for a sixth straight day Tuesday. Small protests — not as large as previous days — appeared in pockets of the capital, Tehran, a CNN producer there reported.
Video on social media appeared to show police officers and demonstrators clashing Tuesday evening in the south-central city of Shiraz. In the video, people scatter through streets amid the sounds of yelling and honking car horns. CNN couldn’t immediately independently verify the video’s authenticity.
Of the nine people killed Monday, seven were protesters. Six of them died in the central city of Qahdarijan when demonstrators stormed a police station and attempted to take guns from authorities, state media reported. The seventh protester was killed in nearby Khomaini Shahr.
A police officer died in Najafabad after a protester shot at officers with a hunting rifle, according to state media. Three other officers were wounded. A member of the Basij, a pro-government militia, was also killed, in south Tehran.
Video images shared on social media from the central city of Tuyserkan on Sunday showed protesters throwing chairs, tables and other objects at riot police, forcing the outnumbered officers to retreat. Six protesters were shot dead in the unrest there, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
A man and his young son also died on Sunday when a fire truck hijacked by protesters ran them down on a street in western Iran’s Dorud, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. Twelve people were killed over the weekend.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that the unrest was a result of the collaboration of Iran’s enemies.
“The enemy is waiting for an opportunity, for a flaw, through which they can enter. Look at these events over the last few days. All those who are against the Islamic Republic — those who have money, those who have the politics, those who have the weapons, those who have the intelligence — they have all joined forces in order to create problems for the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution,” he said. He declined to name any country by name but it is relatively clear to everyone who he was referring to.
U.S. officials have predictably labeled Khamenei’s accusations as ridiculous and baseless, despite having engineered destabilizations and color revolutions all across the planet.
The number of dead has now risen to 21 with around 450 people allegedly having been arrested.
Regardless of the nature of the Iranian government, the United States has no right to interfere in Iranian affairs and any questions of democracy and religion should be left up to the Iranian people.