Thousands of college students clashed with Iranian authorities on Sunday throughout the country in another day of unrest after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in “morality police” custody in September for allegedly not abiding by the country’s dress code.
On Saturday, Hossein Salami, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, told the country that it was the last day of the riots.
“Today is the end of the riots. Do not go to the streets anymore!” Salami said. “We are telling our youth, the minority of you who have been deceived, stop the evil acts.”
He continued, “This ominous sedition will bring no happy ending to you. Do not ruin your future!”
Activists and human rights advocates told the network that clashes broke out between students and members of the Basij militia. Protesters at the University of Tehran chanted, “It’s not the time for mourning. It’s time for anger.”
The Associated Press reported that university campuses have become staging grounds for these protests and videos emerged that showed police firing tear gas to disperse students. They were shouting against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Reports indicated that 300 people have been killed in these protests, and about 14,000 have been arrested. Monday marks the 46th day of protests.
The Trends Journal has reported extensively on these protests. (See “IRANIAN OIL WORKERS JOIN STRIKE AFTER DEATH OF 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IN POLICE CUSTODY,” and “IRAN: PROTESTS ESCALATE.”)
TREND FORECAST: While the protests have focused on Amini’s death, this was a spark that ignited pent up aggravations of lack of basic living standards, dissatisfaction with government rule and a faltering economy.
Indeed, what is happening in Iran is, and will continue to escalate worldwide as people take to the streets in protest of the lack of basic living standards, government corruption, crime and violence.
We have been forecasting the “New World Disorder” trend for more than two years. We noted that politicians across the globe are fighting for survival against angry citizens who are taking to the streets in protest of lack of basic living standards, government corruption, crime and violence. (See “NEW WORLD DISORDER TOP TREND: NATIONS SINKING DEEPER, PEOPLE SCREAMING LOUDER.”)
Violence Breaks Out
At least 15 people were killed in a shooting on Wednesday at the Shah Cheragh in Shiraz, which is considered the country’s second-holiest Shiite shrines, according to The Associated Press. The gunman died from his wounds a few days later.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shooting.
Tehran attempted to lay blame on the protests without providing evidence that they had any role in the shooting. Mohamad Qalibaf, a former commander in the Revolutionary Guard, told IRNA, the state news agency, that protesters “prepared ground” for the incident.
Ibrahim Raisi, the hardline Iranian president, said officials have the “duty to exert all their efforts to maintain calm and security in the country and to remove obstacles that stand in the way of work, jobs, education, and living situation.”
Raisi said the “riots” paved the way for these “terrorist” attacks.
Raisi promised “a severe response” and condemned “the enemies of Iran” who attempt to “divide the united ranks of the nation… through violence and terror,” according to Al Jazeera.
TRENDPOST: To illustrate the hypocrisy of those in power in so-called democracies, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, was seen marching with Iranian supporters in Ottawa.
This is the same Trudeau, who, along with his political flunkies dramatically locked down Canada to fight the COVID War, punished those who would not obey and imposed dictatorial punishment on those who would not obey.
Indeed, to stop Canadian Truckers “Freedom Convoy” which descended on Ottawa back in January in protest of being forced to get vaccinated if they drove into the U.S., Trudeau invoked the draconian Emergencies Act. More than 100 protesters were arrested. The Trends Journal ran a cover focused on the protests on 1 February 2022 titled, “KEEP ON TRUCKIN.”
Indeed, across Western nations, politicians were not so interested in hearing their own citizens who protested forced vaccine mandates and society-killing COVID lockdowns. They looked to destroy those who would not obey their political science based mandates and often had “refuseniks” arrested.
If not for the architecture, one would find it difficult to tell the difference between energy protests in Western nations and these protests in Iran. In both cases, police dressed in riot gear could be seen beating participants.
Hypocrisy is nothing new in the West, and these protesters in Iran can only count on Western “support” if it means the destruction of the regime in Tehran. Otherwise, the U.S. really doesn’t care.