Anti-government protests spread to 100 cities across Iran over the weekend following Tehran’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% as their economy continues to buckle under increased international sanctions.
“Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% after days of widespread protests, calling those who attacked public property during demonstrations ‘thugs’ and signaling that a potential crackdown loomed,” reports the Associated Press.
“The government shut down internet access across the nation of 80 million people to staunch demonstrations that took place in a reported 100 cities and towns. That made it increasingly difficult to gauge whether unrest continued. Images published by state and semiofficial media showed the scale of the damage in images of burned gas stations and banks, torched vehicles and roadways littered with debris,” adds the AP.
“Setting a bank on fire is not an act done by the people. This is what thugs do,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
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HAMAS ADMISSION: The Terror Network Says It Coordinates with IRAN EVERY DAY
A senior Hamas organizer in Gaza publicly admitted Tuesday that his organization consults with Iranian officials on a “daily basis,” further undermining the mainstream media’s narrative that Israeli forces were targeting “peaceful protesters” during last week’s riots.
Hamas leader Yahya al-Sinwar was speaking with regional news when he outlined the terror networks deep ties to the Islamic Republic, saying Iran helps his group with “money, equipment, and expertise.”
Hamas Leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar: We Are Coordinating with Hizbullah, Iran on an Almost Daily Basis pic.twitter.com/9lqKbkQ9xO
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) May 22, 2018
“Our resistance in the Gaza Strip has greatly developed its capabilities, first and foremost thanks to Allah, but also with the help of the righteous free men of our nation—first and foremost the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he told one reporter.
“We work together and coordinate and are in touch on an almost daily basis. The relations are at the best stage ever,” Al-Sinwar added.
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IRAN ON EDGE: Iran’s Hardline Regime on the Brink of COLLAPSE
Despite desperate attempts to crackdown on the deadly protests sweeping across Iran in recent days, the Iranian regime is slowly losing its grip on power; with regional experts predicting the hardline government’s days may be numbered.
Tehran quickly clamped-down as student-led protests shocked the Mullahs and other top government officials; the largest demonstrations against the Islamic Republic since 2009’s “Green Movement” or “Twitter Revolution.”
“At some point the Islamic Republic’s luck presumably runs out.”
Military analysts believe the Ayatollah is struggling to maintain his stranglehold on the nation, saying, “At some point the Islamic Republic’s luck presumably runs out.”
“[The demonstrations have] morphed into basically a youth protest against the system writ large, and it all goes back to the clerics’ monopoly on power,” said Kenneth Katzman, a senior analyst of Iranian affairs for the US Congressional Research Service.
The protests began as a reaction against the brutal regime’s mismanagement of government funds, scarce job opportunities, and low wages, but has transformed into a nationwide protest demanding women’s rights and more liberal freedoms.
So far, at least 21 people have been killed and nearly 500 have been arrested.
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