Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 30, 2019–Referring to increasing protests and demonstrations in Iran, the Arman newspaper wrote on August 25 that “when the people’s discontent exceeds a certain threshold, the situation of the society becomes very terrifying and dangerous.”
But what is the threat that rank-and-file Iranian officials express concerns over and how did things come this far?
The public disgust and despise for the Iranian regime and its officials has become so widespread and high in recent years that the ruling mullahs fear an uprising every other day.
That’s why individuals from both ruling factions continuously warn about fanning infightings and ask each other to avoid escalating internal controversies and fights, otherwise they would pave the way for a popular uprising similar to December 2017.
Hashem Hashemzadeh Harisy, an Iranian mullah who is a member of the Assembly of Experts for more than a decade now, plainly says that “the people dislike us and are discontent with us,” while criticizing the current conditions in Iran.
Criticizing the tribal approach of the ruling factions of the Iranian regime, Hashemzadeh further says, “our narrative is one of Takfir. We consider one side the servants of the regime and the other traitors,” and suggests, addressing the political factions: “Not only our narrative, but everything must change.”
Ahmad Tavakkoli, a former member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) and former minister of labor, clearly admits that ordinary Iranians understand how the ruling regime in Tehran is using Islam as a pretext for their corrupt rule, referring to a new popular chant in Iran, “You’ve made steps out of Islam! You’ve plagued the people!”
“They [the people] see the situation and understand that we are not honest and have made steps out of the revolution and Islam [to reach our self-serving goals]. A vast number of the people have now come to the conclusion that officials are making a show for their own benefits and have made the people a bulwark to reach their own goals. This rift in public trust was not built overnight, or even one year or two. This is the result of a continuous wrong approach over four decades on the level of the country’s high-ranking officials,” Tavakkoli said, according to an article published in the Iran newspaper on July 28.
Recently, these revealing warnings have become quite common in Iran.
Earlier, Reza Salehi Amiri, a former intelligence officer and current president of the Iranian regime's National Olympic Committee, counted ten of what he described as faults (planar fractures) between the population and the regime. “The faults will definitely move. We just don’t know the where and when,” he acknowledged.
It is obvious that Salehi Amiri is referring to the doom of the Iranian regime and moving planar fractures is a euphimism for popular protests and street demonstrations.
Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, the regime’s Interior Minister, recently warned that the ruling mullahs should not “ignore the protests, the discontent, and fail to prevent and come up with an appropriate response, thinking that it’s nothing. Any accident could lead to a big development and we should take care of it.”