Report by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Aug. 3, 2018 - Thursday marked the third consecutive day of protests sweeping cities across Iran.
Beginning earlier in the day in Shiraz and the New Shapur district of Isfahan, this wave quickly spread to other cities such as Shahin Shahr, Najaf Abad, Karaj, Rasht, Mashhad and others.
While poor living conditions and economic difficulties may have been the first causes of the nationwide revolts, the protesters are quickly raising the stakes and targeting the very top of the regime in their slogans. Many cities, especially Isfahan and Karaj, were scenes of intense skirmishes.
“Death to the dictator” and “Death to Khamenei” are now becoming very common slogans among protesters.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, hailed the protesters of Isfahan for their fearless revolt and heralded the end of the mullahs’ tyranny.
Earlier today, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that the police has prevented protests from rallying in Isfahan. Meanwhile, local reports and videos posted on social media show protesters clashing with security forces. In Shiraz, protesters were chanting “Repression has no effect” and calling off the regime for spending the country’s wealth on its foreign interventions. “Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran,” the protesters chanted, a criticism of the regime’s costly meddling in the countries of the Middle East region.
In recent weeks, different cities of Iran have seen protests by citizens who are fed up with the regime’s corruption, the plunging currency value, unemployment and high prices. But economic woes have triggered the protests, most demonstrations have quickly turned into anti-regime protests with slogans calling for the overthrow of the regime in its entirety.
Iranian opposition NCRI President Maryam Rajavi said in her latest statement:
"People in different cities came out onto the streets today, Thursday, August 2, 2018, chanting, “death to the dictator,” “cannons, tanks and machine guns are no longer effective, the mullahs must be killed,” and “today is the month of blood, Khamenei will be overthrown.”
Rebellious cities are joining ranks one after the other. The cry by people who yearn for freedom is growing louder and the uprising is spreading by the minute."
The Iranian regime’s repressive units resort to firing teargas, birdshots and even blank cartridges in their quest to quell the growing protests and uprising. Despite the fact that a number of protesters were wounded and arrested, the brave people of Iran are showing more measures of unity and perseverance in the face of the regime’s crackdown.
No power can stand in the way of a nation united.