In His Name, the Most High
This article was initially written for and published by the American Herald Tribune.
On December 29, 2017 (which is synonymous with the 8th of Dey 1396 in the Iranian Solar Hijri Calenda1 – this date will become relevant shortly), saw the start of some protests in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The reason for the protests was a rise in the price of some basic staples, and the continued economic woes experienced by the country, even after the promise of sanctions relief following the signing of the JCPOA2 more than two years ago (at the time of writing).
Now protests in any country against issues that the people are facing are amongst the most democratic of expressions, and given that the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most truly democratic, with the right to protest enshrined within its constitution – this is not surprising:
“Article 27: Public gatherings and marches are allowed so long as the participants do not carry arms and are not in violation of the fundamental principles of Islam.”3
This means, when the people have a legitimate grievance, they are perfectly within their rights to protest and voice their concerns – provided – they do so in a civilized manner, without violence or mindless rioting and without going against the fundamental principles of Islam. To put it simply, the people can protest when they have a grievance for example, provided they do so in a decent manner. It’s quite simple, and the norm in countries across the world.
In America, Britain and elsewhere, people have a right to protest (or at least that is what we are led to believe) – the legal position regarding freedom to protest in Britain for example 4, is far more draconian than in other countries and the extreme powers of law enforcement authorities regarding such protests are according to some “undemocratic” 5.
As for America, it is well known that when people come out to protest, there is almost always a very heavy-handed policy adopted by law enforcement 6, not to mention the restrictions on protesting that have been put in place by President Obama since the days of the Occupy Movement7.
So, now it is understood, that most countries who profess to be democratic and abiding by civil liberties and human rights suggest their people have the right to protest – even against the policies of the government – but in reality, the two major ones in the West – the UK and US, put massive limitations and restrictions on such protests, while Iran – which is always framed as some sort of “evil and oppressive empire” 8 – actually has this right of protest (as long as its civilized and non-violent 9).
So, now we have that clear and understood:
“Protesting in the Islamic Republic of Iran, even if it be against policies of the government, is a right enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The only proviso is that such protests are not violent, and do not break with fundamental Islamic principles – i.e. they do not harm others, and they are kept respectful and dignified.”
Now that that is clear; let us examine the global “outcry” – especially the outcry being fermented by the propaganda mouthpieces of the US, British, Saudi and Israeli regimes; not to mention the attempts to create sedition by agent provocateurs sent to Iran to ferment discord 10, as part of an ongoing soft war 11, that Iran has been subject to since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 12.
Let us now examine, the actual reasons for the protests over the last couple of days, and the reaction of the “World” media, as well as so-called “World Leaders” – such as Trump and Co.
Firstly, the protests in Iran, are not against the system of the Islamic Republic, rather they are against acts by the government regarding the reduction of subsidies on various staples.
A result of the reduction of these subsidies is that the cost of living goes up; and while – theoretically – the JCPOA13 – was supposed to alleviate these difficulties; however, given the lack of commitment on this historic agreement by the United States – something that had been predicted by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khamenei; and something that any analyst who objectively examines the policies of the American regime (be it during the Trump era or Obama or anyone) especially with regard to their adherence (or lack of adherence) to their commitments within international treaties – be they the Algiers Accords, or the JCPOA and so on. This is a subject I had discussed extensively – and with evidence – in an article on the website of Imam Khamenei 14.
These protests were if we examine the chain of events leading up to them, a direct result of the policies of the West vis-a-vis Iran. Had the west adhered to their side of the agreement, and lifted sanctions on Iran, then the people would have no need to protest a rise in the price of basic staples. But this is part of the game, that is being played against Iran.
Many social media avenues; were utilized; with a view to create and ferment any discontent at the government, the intention is to somehow create a coloured revolution and overthrow the system of the Islamic Government. Thereby, removing a major threat to US hegemony, as well as to the single biggest cause of instability in the West Asia (Middle East) region – the Zionist Entity.
The same game was attempted during the recent elections in Iran with a view to destabilizing them, and off course let’s not forget the failed project of the Green Revolution in 2009 – the death of which is commemorated on the 9th of Dey every year (which falls this year on December 30, 2017) – a day after these protests started.
The protests happened in Iran – in many cities, because the reduction in the subsidies and related economic woes affect Iranians across the entire country – but the day after these protests; the people came out – as they do every year since 2009 to commemorate the catastrophic defeat of the American, British, Saudi and Israeli inspired “Green Revolution” – they came out in their millions, in every city across Iran, their chants were “Death to America”, “Death to Britain”, “Death to Saudi” and “Death to Israel”.
So, the media and some of those who have sold their souls to the hegemons while still professing to speak of Human Rights used photos from the anti-American anti-Israeli protests on December 30, 2017 – and suggested that the people had come out against the Islamic Government – such as the infamous “Ken Roth” (off course he’s deleted this tweet after it became clear it exposed what a complete imbecile he is – but here is a screenshot for the reader’s viewing pleasure – he’s done the same with many of his tweets regarding Syria and other areas he feels he must interfere in for his masters in Washington, Riyadh, Tel Aviv and London, but where he successfully humiliates himself and exposes what a complete and utter fool this individual is!)
Mr Roth, it’s clear you don’t know Farsi (Persian), the language spoken in Iran, nor do you have any honour or decency. Your lies regarding the situation in Syria – more specifically in Aleppo 15 are well known, and your credibility is less than non-existent. Where is your voice against the crimes of the Saudi regime in Yemen? Where is your voice against the crimes of the Zionists (your direct masters) against the people of Palestine? Nothing but the deafening sound of silence. Pathetic!
The placards being held up by people in the image you shared read “Marg bar Israel” – which in Farsi means “Death to Israel” and “Marg bar Fitneh” (Death to Sedition and those who create sedition) – yeah sure, these people are “protesting against the Supreme Leader”. Mr Roth, they are protesting you and your kind, Mr Roth, that is the reality. Honestly, what a complete and utter imbecile is Mr Roth!! They’re even holding up pictures of the Leader, Imam Khamenei – a group that is vehemently against him!!!
Off course the link on his tweet (that he now deleted!!) is from the most illustrious of news outlets – the New York Times and from an article titled “Iran Confronts 3rd Day of Protests, With Calls for Khamenei to Quit” 16.
Now I’m not going to go into a discussion on this article, it doesn’t warrant such, and is laced with so much garbage and propaganda, it puts even the article published by the New York Times promoting the terrorist Bin Salman to shame 17!!
I’m not going to go into how the Iranian Authorities are dealing with the attempts at sedition, with the calls via Telegram, Twitter, Instagram and other such social media outlets – encouraging and indeed teaching people how to make IED (Improvised Explosive Devices), and Molotov Cocktails, and to create riot style situations in the many cities across Iran.
Yes, these types of calls are happening; the same was as they happened back in 2009 during the western-inspired attempt at a “Green Revolution”. These outlets were then partially blocked by the government, and indeed rightly so.
They were not blocked totally, I have friends in Iran who I continued to communicate with on all the platforms, however, yes some of those groups that were fermenting strife and teaching people to make “Molotov cocktails” as well as giving detailed information on the creation of IEDs were removed and deleted – whether by Telegram or blocked by the Iranian authorities, I don’t know; what I do know is that it was a good thing that they were blocked.
We all know that in the UK, the viewing of such terrorist material is illegal with penalties having been recently hiked up 18.
The British, American, Canadian, etc governments deem certain content as being “terrorist content”, most of the time it includes incitements to violence and rioting, incitement to cause harm, bomb-making guides and other such disgusting material. So, is it so strange that the Islamic Republic of Iran is blocking such material that is attempting to actively create violence and strife within its borders? Instigated and egged on by those outside Iran and with a hegemonic agenda against Iran?
Of course, it is not strange, in fact, if they allowed such content to continue without being blocked, that would be strange. This is very simple.
The question is why one set of standards for the West and another for the Islamic Republic of Iran? This is all part of the soft war against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolution and Resistance Bloc.
I’m not going to go into how the Iranian authorities, the police and other law enforcement agencies in Iran are dealing with people attempting to riot and create sedition and violence; because as I have mentioned before, the constitution is very clear:
“Article 27: Public gatherings and marches are allowed so long as the participants do not carry arms and are not in violation of the fundamental principles of Islam.” 19
Also, it is not my place to tell Iran or the Iranians how to deal with subversives and agent provocateurs, who have nothing but contempt for the people of the Islamic Republic and are working tirelessly attempting to overthrow this government. A feat that they will never be able to accomplish, God willing.
They will not be able to accomplish the dismantling of the Islamic Republic for a very important reason; the Islamic Republic was the will of the people.
It was not imposed by a single person or a single party; people need to learn some history; the Islamic Revolution in Iran was victorious because of the will of the people.
Do people sometimes disagree on details, of course, they do, even within a family there are disagreements; that doesn’t mean that the family should be dismantled. Rather, it means that the family is healthy; that members within the family can speak out and voice their opinions; if their opinions are valid and proven, then they can be enacted or resolved as required; if not, their argument is quashed, and everyone is still all happy – as they did this via discussion and in a civilized manner, with everyone’s rights being respected.
So now, let’s ask a very important question. Mr Trump apparently is “watching” the protests in Iran. He attempts to sound menacing and speaks of “human rights violations”:
Mr Trump seems to care so much about Human Rights, yet he fails to look at the plethora of human rights abuses perpetrated by his allies – his masters even – the regime occupying Jerusalem, the European Zionists, the regime occupying the Arabian Peninsula, the Arab Zionists or even himself!!
I don’t see a single tweet from the “Donald”, where he condemns the atrocities committed by the regimes occupying Jerusalem against the people of occupied Palestine, where paraplegics are massacred for speaking against a policy of apartheid and occupation 20, and young girls are arrested and threatened with horrific abuse for merely protesting the shooting of their family 21.
I see no message from the Donald Trump, the most corrupt (as well as most stupid, immoral and ignorant) president in American History (putting even Nixon and Reagan to shame, but let’s not go there) condemning the Zionists occupying Jerusalem, not at all – I just see him praising Zionism and War Criminals 22, and even threatening the world for standing against the American policy on Jerusalem 23, regardless of how oppressive and unjust it is.
I don’t see a single solitary tweet in Donald Trump’s timeline regarding the Saudi atrocities in Yemen 24, the war crimes and genocide that is being perpetrated by Mr Trump’s buddy, Bin Salman. Though according to Trump, Salman and Bin Salman “know what they are doing” (i.e. they know they are committing genocide and war crimes perhaps?!) 25.
Well Mr Trump, here’s some news for you – the rightfully elected government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (which has significantly more legitimacy than you, and infinitely more than your buddies Bin Salman and Demented Salman); the government and law enforcement authorities in Iran know what they are doing. They are keeping the peace, they are preventing rioting and crimes to be committed. Crimes that you are supporting, crimes that you are funding, crimes that you and your allies are fully complicit in.
Lets also not forget the crimes in Bahrain being committed by the Al Khalifa, and the crimes of Bin Salman in Awamiyyah and in the Eastern provinces of Occupied Arabia – but I won’t go into them here in detail for the sake of brevity, but much has been written about them 26.
Yet I see a plethora of tweets, moaning about the JCPOA, inciting against Iran, with the same old diatribe being spewed as has been spewed historically by the Zionists, the Saudis (Arab Zionists) and their ilk.
So, yes, there have been protests in Iran, against the removal of subsidies and other economic woes – primarily because of the continuation of sanctions and the prohibition of Iran from freely trading with the international world community. There may have been some mismanagement, that’s an internal Iranian issue, that can, and should, be resolved by the Iranians; and none outside has any right to impose or attempt to incite anything in this regard.
The Iranian people voted in one of the most universally fair and valid elections 27 in mid-2017. The result was that President Rouhani prevailed and serves another term as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
President Rouhani received just over 23.6 million votes, out of a total of 41.4 million votes – that is nearly 58% of the people.
The elections happened within the framework of the Islamic Republic system. The vote of the people wasn’t for the dismantling of the Islamic Government, rather it was a move to further give support – universal support from the people of Iran – for the system of Islamic Government. This is important.
Finally, as I conclude, yes, I appreciate there is much more than can be discussed on this subject; but I don’t want to turn this document into “war and peace”; rather; with the few points that have been raised and covered herein, I ask the reader, to reflect a little.
Is Iran utopia, of course, it’s not, such a place doesn’t exist in this temporal realm currently. It is, however, a fair and just government, voted in by the people and governing for the people. Yes, it’s legislation is based on Islamic Law, and that is their choice as a people, and in fact, anyone who has been to Iran, will testify to its peaceful and calm environment, and its hospitable and friendly people.
Iran has not in the modern age gone to war with anyone, but has defended itself and its allies vigorously and has prevailed – both in the Eight-Year Imposed War (The Sacred Defence 28), as well as more recently in the campaigns against the US, UK, Saudi and Zionist manufactured DAESH Terrorist outfit; helping both Syria and Iraq to make resistance against and ultimately defeat this organisation. An organisation that is now well known to have been supported and given assistance 29 by the same entities that seek to sow the seeds of sedition in Iran – US, UK, Saudi and Israel and their slaves (I mean allies).
The morphing of these so-called “anti-Government” 30 protests into a re-run of the so-called failed “Green Revolution” isn’t going to happen for the simple reason, that the people, for the most part, support the underlying establishment of the Islamic Government. They may have problems with the President and certain ministers – that’s normal – ask any American whether they have a problem with their President and his policies.
It is indeed the pipe-dream, some might say “wet dream”, of the Zionist bloc; that in the space of a few months, they have their lackey Trump, sell them huge sophisticated arms 31, give them Jerusalem 32, and top it off, by removing the legitimate government of Iran, a government supported by the people of Iran33. As an Iranian friend of mine would say “Khosh khiyali!!” (Keep dreaming!) 34.
The behaviour of the Zionist bloc, goes further to show to every human, every free person on this world, how upside-down the media portrays things, and to be honest, I’ve found that if the NYT, CNN, Fox, BBC and their ilk say something, the reality is almost diametrically opposed to what is being spewed by such outlets.
The free person must look at the reality and beyond the propaganda; realise who benefits.
If there is; civil strife and riots in Iran; who benefits?
Is it the Iranians? No.
Is it the government of Iran? No.
Is it European Zionism? Yes, because their arch-enemy is pre-occupied.
Is it Arab Zionism? Yes, because again their arch-enemy is pre-occupied.
Is it America and the “West”? Off course, since like the Zionism that controls their every breath, the regimes in the West – be they in France, Britain or America and so on – are all working tirelessly to overthrow the legitimate choice of the people of Iran, the Islamic Establishment, the Islamic Government.
The reason? The Resistance Bloc, led by the Islamic Republic of Iran stands against their Zionist masters based out of Occupied Jerusalem. The Resistance Bloc has broken the back of their games in Syria and Iraq, and has been amongst the strongest voices against the terror being unleashed by Zionism in Occupied Palestine; and let’s not forget, that the Islamic Republic of Iran is essentially the only voice in support of the oppressed people of Yemen, who are pummelled daily by British and American weapons by the Arab Zionists who occupy Arabia.
When examined objectively, this is actually very simple and indeed remarkably obvious.
Much more can be written, and the crimes of those working to cause problems in Iran can be exposed further, but for now, I will call it a day.
Suffice it to say, the Islamic Republic of Iran is strong, will prevail; because the will of the people of Iran supports it; and no matter what America or Israel or Saudi or others do, their strategy of overthrowing the Islamic Government in Iran, has and will always fail.
And from God alone is all ability, and He is the ultimate recourse in all matters, and the best of judges.
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- Gregorian to Iranian Solar Hijri Calendar Converter at https://www.taghvim.com/
- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – also known as the “Iranian Nuclear Deal” – an agreement reached in July 2015 between France, Germany, China, Russia, UK, US, EU and the Islamic Republic of Iran – the full document can be found here.
- The constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, full document available at the World Intellectual Property Organisation and at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website – http://en.mfa.ir/index.aspx?siteid=3&pageid=2144
- When does protest become illegal? BBC – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/480341.stm
- Police brutality in the United States, Wikipedia.
- You Can’t Occupy This – The government says the anti-protest bill was just a small tweak of the existing law. Don’t believe it. Slate.
- Psychological Warfare Against Iran, (Occupied) Jerusalem Post, October 23, 2017.
- No country will ever voluntarily allow for the fermentation of chaos, and allowing armed protests by people for any reason, will undoubtedly generate chaos. This is normal. Ask America or Britain if they will ever allow armed protests in their countries?!
- UK’s soft war against Iran: Case of Zaghari, Press TV’s Iran Today, December 6, 2017.
- Soft War: A New Episode in the Old Conflicts between Iran and the United States, Centre for Global Communication Studies / (PDF)
- The Iran Project – Soft War Against Iran – http://theiranproject.com/blog/tag/soft-war-against-iran/
- See Note 2.
- The United States is an entity built on theft, oppression and genocide, October 29, 2017.
- That Time HRW’s Ken Roth Contradicted Himself Twice In 4 Days Over Syria, https://www.activistpost.com/2017/01/that-time-hrws-ken-roth-contradicted-himself-twice-in-4-days-over-syria.html and much more from your twitter feed of that time.
- Iran Confronts 3rd Day of Protests, With Calls for Khamenei to Quit, New York Times, December 30, 2017.
- My response to the Thomas Friedman article in the New York Times, Bin Salman, The Family of Saud, Wahhabism. Nazism by Another Name? https://ahtribune.com/politics/2022-bin-salman-saud-wahhabism-nazism.html
- The UK to hike penalties on viewing terrorist content online, Tech Crunch, October 3, 2017 – https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/03/uk-to-hike-penalties-on-viewing-terrorist-content-online/
- See Note 3.
- Ibrahim Abu Thuraya: Disabled Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli troops in Jerusalem protest, The Independent, December 16, 2017.
- Israel Tackles Existential Threat Posed By 16-Year-Old Palestinian Girl, The Intercept, December 20, 2017 – https://theintercept.com/2017/12/20/israel-tackles-existential-threat-posed-16-year-old-palestinian-girl/
- Tweet from @realDonaldTrump – September 19, 2017.
- Tweet from @nikkihaley – December 19, 2017.
- Trump Twitter Archive.
- Tweet from @realDonaldTrump – November 6, 2017.
- Documentary film reveals Saudi crimes in Bahrain.
- Is Iran’s election democratic? Let’s find out, April 22, 2017 – http://english.khamenei.ir/news/4772/Is-Iran-s-election-democratic-Let-s-find-out
- Iran’s Sacred Defence Week – http://theiranproject.com/blog/tag/irans-sacred-defense-week/
- U.S. “Military Aid” to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh: Pentagon Uses Illicit Arms Trafficking to Channel Enormous Shipments of Light Weapons into Syria, Global Research, September 05, 2017 – https://www.globalresearch.ca/u-s-military-aid-to-al-qaeda-routine-shipments-of-weapons-to-syrian-freedom-fighters/5548960
- Which they are not, let’s make that very clear – anyone with any knowledge of Iran and the region can understand this – but the problem with most people influenced by the Zionist bloc is that they wouldn’t even know where Iran is on the map!
- To continue their genocidal holocaust in Yemen, a task that the Saudi Arab Zionists are also failing in – Yemen continues to resist the Saudi onslaught, and they will resist until they are victorious. Donald Trump to announce $350bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia – one of the largest in history.
- Which will always be opposed and resisted against by the Resistance bloc – led by Iran. Trump, Jerusalem and Arab indifference to Palestine.
- Iran to the US: Don’t even think about overthrowing our government again – http://www.newsweek.com/iran-us-dont-think-about-overthrow-government-again-636380
- Remember, the Iranian people have been burned by US interference historically when they deposed the legitimate choice of the people of Iran – Mr Mosaddeq – and replace him with the deplorable, disgusting, so-called “Shah of Iran” Mr M R Pahlavi, through Operation Ajax and CIA interference in the internal affairs of Iran; and indeed against the will and best interests of the Iranian people. As the saying goes – Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.