A file photo shows Iranian protest dried-up river in Isfahan, Nov 24, 2021. (FARS)

March 12, 2022

Iran regime’s experts and observers are expressing openly their fear about the growing people’s protests. And of course, the regime’s factions are blaming each other about this dire situation.

But what is the source of all these protests and what has caused such a volatile atmosphere in the country? And how will this situation end, and what are the regime’s solutions to overcome this situation?

In an article entitled ‘Hollow promise is the cause of the people protests” the state-run daily Hamdeli on February 28, 2022, wrote, “Popular protests set a new record in recent months. In many cases, protesters have witnessed violent clashes instead of officials responding. This, according to experts, has not only failed to reduce the fire of protests but also fueled them.”

The state-run media are blaming the government-run mafia, without an exception controlled by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his office, as the next cause of the increasing protests in Iran.

The state-run daily Setareh-e Sobh, admitted to this reality on February 28, “The mafias in Iran have deceptively taken over a significant part of the country’s decision-making system. One of these lies is that they say that 90 percent of the country’s freshwater is used for agriculture, while it is a lie to justify the use of water for high water consuming industries in dry areas by mafias that are involved in dam-building and water distribution.”

The paper warned the regime’s officials about the increasingly explosive situation, “When the officials wake up from their sleep, they suddenly see that the share of marginalized people in the urban population will be 25 percent. For example, the officials of the Prisons Organization say that 75 percent of the prisoners are from the suburbs.”

But now the regime’s officials are realizing that due to their massive corruption even people close to the government are joining the protests. During the parliament’s budget bill review meeting on February 28, Jabar Kouchakinejad a regime’s MP said,

“These gatherings in front of parliament are mainly due to the non-implementation of the law by the government, which is why you see the Isargarans (Basiji and IRGC members who fought in the Iran-Iraq war) and teachers come out to demand their rights.”

A regime cleric and MP Salman Zaker expressed his fear over this alarming situation, “We must not be a means of harming others. We are now neglecting the livelihood of the people and the chicken meat during the Eid holidays. How about that? Every time we go there, we pass in front of the parliament, they (people) shout and say, ‘Sir, why did that MP run away?’” he said on February 26.

And some of the regime’s officials are admitting that the people are now targeting the regime’s leader. In an interview with the regime’s Ofogh TV on February 27, Jalal Rashidi Kouchi a regime’s MP -, said, “Why do we have to take a series of measures to harm our country and our leader?”

In an interview published in the state-run daily Shargh on February 28, Hossein Raghfar a regime’s economist warned about a change in the shape of the protests and said: “These protests may take other forms.”

He acknowledged the continuation of the protests and their growth and said: “At least in the last 30 years, that is, since 1994, we have experienced about 90 bread riots and the deprived in the country in various dimensions. Some of them are events that we witnessed in December 2017, November 2019, and a few months ago in Khuzestan and Isfahan.”

Previously about this changing shape of the protests, the regime’s Chief of police pointed to one of the regime’s main fears which are the increasing discovered weapons in the hands of the people.

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