Iran, An Ongoing Uprising Against Islamism that the West Doesn’t Want

There is an ongoing revolution happening in Iran, and nobody in the media is talking about it


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There is an ongoing revolution happening in Iran, and nobody in the media is talking about it. But why exactly is no one on either political side covering it?

Well, the leftist media does not cover it, because the Islamic Republic is an Anti-American/Israel Islamist regime, and covering the protests will indicate that the Iranian people hate Islamism, and contunuously want a good relationship with America/Israel, which goes against the MSM narrative.

The right-wing media won’t cover it, because they believe that reporting on it, will create more support for another intervention in the Middle East, of which they are horrified.

We on the other hand, only care about the actual truth. The reports you read have been confirmed by multiple credible sources from inside Iran.

July 31st

About Six months after the last series of uprisings across the country in January, several cities in Iran were witnesses to a new round of protests.

After a call to protest trending on twitter, the first protests started in Isfahan’s Shapour Shahr district in the city’s market. Isfahan is Iran’s 3rd largest city in population. At first, most of the chants and slogans were centered around the inflation and prices of goods, but very quickly they changed to “Down with Dictator”, “Reza Shah*, Bless your Soul, (Reza Shah Pahlavi, Father of Modern Iran)” and “No to Gaza, No to Lebanon, My life for Iran”. Based on the published videos, it appears that most of the protesters were among the business owners in the market.

On the same day, there were several protests across the city of Karaj, Iran’s 4th largest city. The protests seemed to have been motivated by the online call to protest. The protesters’ chants were very political and direct from the beginning:

(Whether you hit us with) Missiles, Tanks, or firecrackers, Mullahs must go away, Death to Dictator, Unemployment, Inflation, plague of people’s lives. Unlike the Isfahan protests, the demonstrations in Karaj mostly consisted of the youth, among which the presence of women was most significant. Karaj protests were eventually cracked down by the police, who subsequently attacked the protesters.

August 1st

On the second day, similar protests continued in Isfahan’s market, but this time more people of all walks of life joined with the demonstrators. This time Isfahan’s Riot Police attacked the peaceful protesters with water cannons, to which protesters responded with the chants of “shameless, shameless.”

Also, in the city of Karaj more protesters came to the streets and the only chants heard were anti-regime, with “Down with Dictator” being the most dominant slogan.

August 2nd

On this day, city of Shiraz, Iran’s 5th largest city also joined the demonstrations. The videos of this day shows thousands of protesters chanting in unison “Mullahs must go away”. Other chants included: “our enemy is right here, liars say it’s America, Reza Shah, bless your soul,” and “No to Gaza, No to Lebanon, my life for Iran.”

In Isfahan province, people in Shahin Shahr city came to the streets and chanted in protest to inflations. In Najaf Abad, protesters, mostly consisting of women, chanted “they fed Syria, they destroyed our youth.” In the city of Isfahan, the protests led to a brutal attack by the police. Security forces shot tear gas at the crowd, and protesters threw stones in return. Fire and smoke were visible throughout the city.

August 3rd

On the fourth day, protests finally reached the capital city of Tehran. In Valiasr street a considerable crowd gathered and chanted “Shout you Iranian! Cry out your rights!” Also after the soccer match between Persepolis and Foulad teams in Azadi stadium, while leaving the 100000 seater stadium, the fans started to chant “Death to Dictator” in unison, which led to the security forces attacking and arresting the protesters.

The protests spread throughout the city in Karaj, and the regime’s security forces and the protesters had severe altercations. Sole chants of “Down with Dictator” could be heard across the city. The security forces began using live rounds for the first time, along with consistent shooting of tear gas. Other popular chants in Karaj were “Our shame, our shame, our Douchebag leader! What happened to our money, it was spent on Basijis (religious militia),” and “Our revolution (1979) was such a mistake!”

There was also a protest by mostly the youth in the city of Andimeshk in Khouzestan province, where protesters chanted “Iranians that’s enough, Show us your resolve.”

August 4th

Protests continued in Isfahan, Tehran, and Shiraz. The city of Qom, the center of Shia seminaries in the country also joined the protests. There were harsh chants uttered against the Supreme by the protesters, including “Seyed Ali have some shame, it’s time to end your reign, Down with Hezbollah,” and “the Nation have become beggars, the leader has become God.” Furthermore, there were altercations between the security forces and the protesters.

August 5th

On the sixth day of the protests, severe altercations between security forces and the protesters have been reported in the cities of Karaj and Qom. There were also protests in the Capital, which led to mass arrest of protesters in Tehran. A prisoner on leave has reported of over 60 families looking for their loved ones in front of Evin Prison. Reports also indicate of 90 new arrests and their transfer to Fashashooyeh prison, and the transfer of 50 prisoners to Qarchak Women’s Prison.

For the first time after the Islamic Revolution, martial law was declared in Karaj, and the Internet has been completely cut off in this city.

City of Kazeroun also witnessed a strong presence of demonstrators, as it had 2 months ago. Due to the internet being completely shut off in Karaj and Qom, there are not many videos of demonstrations in these two cities on this day.

So far a 25 year old man named Otadi has been killed by security forces in Karaj, and hundreds have been arrested in several cities.

This is the second wave of protests that spontaneously appeared across the country in large cities and small towns, and the pattern seems to indicate that the protests will continue, with shorter and shorter intervals.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted this tweet on August 5th:
We are deeply concerned about reports of Iranian regime’s violence against unarmed citizens. U.S. supports Iranian people’s right to protest against the regime’s corruption & oppression without fear of reprisal. We call on the regime in #Iran to respect its people’s human rights.

So far European countries and Canada have not shown any reaction to these mass protests in Iran, and the Mainstream Media has also ignored it.

On August 6th, the same day that the new round of US sanctions against Islamic Republic began, the European Union announced that they will try to save JCPOA, also known as the Iran Deal.

Iranian activists online have had several twitter storms in support of the sanctions, and several of them reached number 1 on twitter trends, with the majority of the tweets coming from inside Iran.

 

Special thanks to Navid Mohebbi and Slaman Sima for their help.


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Siavash Safavi
Sia Sufi (Siavash Safavi, Civil Space Network) is a former student activist and political prisoner from Iran. He escaped the country in 2010, and lived in Turkey as a refugee until he arrived in Canada in 2013. He has a bachelor in English Literature, and has published and translated books, essays, articles, and written satires for several Iranian diaspora media and NGOs. In January 2017, he was named by the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guard as one of the 30 traitors to the country.
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