By: Steve Dellar | 08-02-2018 | News
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Iran - Nationwide Protests Met By Riot Police And Tear Gas (Video)

Iran saw violent nationwide protests for a third day in a row, with many shouting “death to the dictator”, “down with Khamenei” (referring to the religious leader) and, importantly “our enemy is here, they are lying when they say it is the US”.

The street protests occurred (as predicted, see our related coverage) when the currency devaluation of the Iranian Rial (which has now lost some 50% in a year versus the dollar) combined with new pricing for several basic foodstuffs kicked in as from the start of August.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Street clashes in Isfahan, <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a>.<br>Anti-regime protesters occupy the street and fight the riot police with rock<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IranProtests</a><a href=""></a></p>&mdash; (@ssimamm) <a href="">August 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Mullah regime had, of course, expected people to protest and therefore placed security forces all over the major cities which met crowds head-on and reacted with tear gas.

Related coverage: <a href="">Iran currency drops another 14% as US sanctions loom</a>.

The impoverished Persian country is now faced with shopkeepers, market vendors, farmers and truck drivers all striking together and stepping out into the streets in protest about worsening living conditions.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BREAKING</a> NOW <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IRAN</a> <br>The start of protests in Shiraz, August 2 . <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IranProtests</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#___</a> <br> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; 🏳️ (@Peykkhali) <a href="">August 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The protesters are also angry about the regime’s constant refusal to start talks with the US.

POTUS made an opening towards Iranian President Rouhani 3 days ago when he stated he would meet the Iranian regime with “no preconditions, if they want to meet, I’ll meet.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">President Trump says a meeting with Iran’s President Rouhani could happen with “no preconditions.” Your thoughts? <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; FOX &amp; friends (@foxandfriends) <a href="">July 31, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In the second largest city of Isfahan, crowds could be heard chanting: “Death to high prices, death to unemployment,” “death to the dictator,” “dignified Shapouris, support us, support us,” “dignified Iranians, support us, support us,” and “incompetent officials, resign, resign.”

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, a political expert at the International American Council, commented on the protests, stating: "The Iranian leaders are going to blame the 'foreign enemies', specifically Trump. But the reality on the ground is that the Iranian regime’s financial corruption, misuse of public funds, the widespread banking crisis, and the haemorrhaging of billions of dollars of the taxpayers' money and of the national wealth on militia and terror groups are among the major reasons behind the present currency and economic crises.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Protestors in Shiraz,<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a> are chanting: &quot;Mullahs must get lost.&quot; on the third day of nationwide Anti-Regime protests. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; (@sirmalcomx) <a href="">August 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"In fact, these problems are systemic and exist deep in Tehran’s economic and political infrastructures. That’s why the economy and people’s living standards have worsened since 1979. That’s why rial has plummeted continuously for the last 39 years — since the establishment of the Islamic Republic — from nearly 70 rials a dollar in 1979 to approximately 110,000 now.”


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