By Dr. Talal Al-Harbi
The Iranian Revolution

The scene of the New Year in Iran was colored with blood after the demonstrators against the regime began falling dead in the streets of the Iranian cities.
These demonstrations began peacefully last Saturday, but the ruling authorities seem determined to crack down on them by force, as did former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi Najad's government in 2009.
Slogans by the angry crowds in the early days of the uprising focused on corruption and the economic situation after seeing their dreams in a dignified life were shattered as 35% of the people lived below poverty line.
After the clergy seized power from the regime of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979, the people were fed up with promises and slogans that were nothing but a lie of wilayat al faqih mandate- the Shi'a political regime thought which advocates a guardianship -based on a political system- that relies upon a just and capable jurist (faqih) to assume the leadership of the government in the absence of an infallible Imam.
Instead of alleviating the suffering of the "vulnerable" at home, the turbans-wearing mullahs raised the slogan of exporting the revolution and pushed the country into a bloody war with Iraq for eight years. The aim behind this was to brainwash the people and inflame the sectarian instincts and antagonize the other, especially in the neighboring Arab countries.
This has reached a turning point in the hostility campaign against the kingdom and the attempt to destabilize it through the Houthi militias in Yemen, a threat that our leadership continues to face with determination.
Throughout this period, the religious establishment has been inflated and in order to protect the authoritarian regime, the Revolutionary Guards, an army and the Basij militias were established, all of which is no less brutal than the Shah's "Savak" secret police agency.
The system has allotted huge budgets to fatten these institutions and build an arsenal of missiles and atomic reactors, all at the expense of the well-being of the citizens and their livelihood.
In order to distract the people from what is happening at home, the regime of the mullahs began to expand in Iraq, and fought alongside the Assad family  to "protect the holy shrines" and we began to hear name of Qasim Soleimani, the Quds Force, Qais al-Khazali, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, and Haj Hamza, "The Imam al-Baqir Brigade" and other names and sectarian organizations that committed atrocities against Sunnis in Iraq and Syria.
It seems that the Iranian people became aware of this game, so we saw the demonstrators shouting slogans, "Neither Gaza nor Lebanon, sacrifice my life for Iran." "Instead of seeking solutions in Syria, seek solutions to our country."
President Hassan Rowhani, who was elected to a second term in May 2017, and who gave the people many promises that he did not achieve any of them, was contradictory and unconvincing in his speech when he accused outside parties of stirring up the anger against the ruling elite. "People beg and the clerics act like gods", one of the signs said.
The regime used excessive force against the demonstrators and it intends to mobilize supporters to take to the streets and clash with protesting demonstrators.
But perhaps the most prominent slogan is "Death to the dictator" in reference to Iran's absolute religious figure Ali Khamenei, a sign of breaking false taboos in Iran's winter revolution.

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