Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, June 16, 2018 - Friday night youths in different areas of Tehran and other cities across the country poured into the streets following the victory of Iran’s football team against Morocco in the World Cup.
Iranian regime authorities, concerned of these gatherings transforming into popular protests and anti-government demonstrations, dispatched numerous plainclothes agents and state police in large numbers to station at important intersections and crossroads in a variety of cities.
According to a report received from Tehran, one which we cannot independently confirm, in one location of Tehran’s Narmak district and the “5th Air Force” street the youths were reportedly seen involved in a skirmish with state police units.
Tehran, Vali-e Asr Sq
Anti-riot motorcycle units also resorted to firing tear gas in their attack against the protesting youth, the report adds, only to face stiff resistance by the courageous protesters. These street skirmishes continued late into the night.
Following the Dec/Jan uprising and major scenes of protests seen in different cities across Iran – for example, Kazerun in the south – Iranian regime authorities are taking no risks knowing the society is a powder ready to explode.
Tehran-Youth clash with state suppressive forces in Narmak
The dilemma the ruling mullahs face is two-fold:
- Containing such scenes without the use of force will have the people eventually overcoming their fears and turning on the authorities.
- Resorting to severe crackdown and finally opening fire to quell protests and uprisings will inflame the people’s hatred and encourage them into harsh retaliation.
This is the ever-growing dilemma Iran’s regime is engulfed in, with no light at the end of the tunnel.