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With 30 million Iranians under 24, the youth uprising in Iran is not going to stop

Written By | Dec 7, 2019
Iran, Oil, Protest, Uprising, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Islam,

FRANCE: Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the Prime Minister of the Iranian regime during the war with Iraq, was also a protest candidate in the presidential elections of 2009. Mir-Hossein, who has been under house arrest for nine years, compares bloody repression of recent protests in Iran to the 1979 protests in the time of Shah.

In his statement, Mir-Hossein Mousavi described the November 2019 event as:

“A manifestation of public disillusionment with the world-weary people in the country” and wrote that the government’s deal with the protests “has a complete and utter similarity to the brutal massacre of people in bloody September 8, 1978”
Iran’s Blood spilled on September 8, 1978

Following the bloody events of September 8, 1978, many people the Shah’s repressive forces did target and kill Iranians. Thus, becoming the point of no return for the public uprising against the dictatorship of Shah. This led Mousavi to explicitly admit the abidance of the popular uprising and by last, the fall of Iran’s religious dictatorship.

But those conditions that irritated the Iranian people remained over many years.

Iran: Forty years of terrorism and conflict with the international community

In November 2019, the collapsed economy, the high level of unemployment and hunger, the suppression of freedom and many other demands that have existed for decades, bottomed out. But the MAK resistance units led by the regime’s enemies continue to multiply. This is why the latest uprising over the high cost of gasoline is targeting the integrity of the regime throughout Iran.

In an article for the Iran Governmental Organ, published October 31, Rabiei, spokesman of the Rouhani’s government, warned:

“The Great Satan of our age is citizens’ mental unrest and insecurity (consider uprising); the danger that is created by this sense of self-inability for our national security is not comparable to other domestic and foreign threats”.

In its propaganda, the Iranian regime has hailed the United States as the “main devil” or at least, its primary enemy.

Now, the Rouhani government’s spokesman calls it “citizens’ mental insecurity” as the threat and the main enemy (consider uprising), making it incomparable with other domestic and foreign threats.

Khamenei’s Friday prayer leader in Bojnourd also confirmed the uprising continuity:

“The enemy has sought to create sedition for 40 years and will not give it up”.

The Iranian regime now faces an army mainly composed of young people (15 to 24 years old) from the weakest social classes who act as a delayed-action bomb according to a government newspaper, and strictly emphasizes:  “Take this bomb seriously” (Farhikhtegan Newspaper, December 1). (The Iran and Iraq Protests: Links, Roots and Perspectives – National Council of Resistance Iran)

About 30 million Iranians are between 15 and 24 years old.

Two significant victories of the Iranian people’s uprising

In addition to the factors that triggered the November 15 uprising in Iran, another highly motivating element has recently entered into the equation of the Iranian revolution: the severe and irreversible blows on the Islamic Jurist’s Guardianship regime.

Women of Velayat-e-Faqih: Iranian women are a force for change

In recent days, more insurgents have achieved two major and pioneer victories. The first victory was the burning and destruction of the regime’s consulate in Najaf as a symbol of its influence and guardianship over the local people (and especially the Shiites); the other was forcing the Iranian Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi’s resignation and dismantling the corrupt and sectarian government structure in Iraq, that has been under Iranian influence and has secured its interests from every aspect.

These two blows have undoubtedly paved the way for the people uprising in Iran and Lebanon to oust the regime as well as claiming for a democratic change.



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Hamid Enayat

Hamid Enayat is an independent Iranian political analyst and writer based in Europe.