Iran: Widespread Concerns Among Regime Officials, In Light of Growing Opposition
Among the lies told by Iranian regime President Ebrahim Raisi about “economic growth up to 5%” in the coming Iranian year, which began on March 21, one of the most important points in his new year’s message was the admission that the regime’s security is being jeopardized by popular protests.“The country’s security has the priority,” Raisi emphasized. While the only alleged threat is from the people and their resistance, Raisi’s insistence on ensuring the country’s security only means more repression and an increase in executions.
Ghasem Rezaei, the deputy commander of the regime’s police force, spoke out, referring to Iranian youths as saboteurs, threatening the regime’s security, and warning that the regime has “more than 200,000 personnel assigned to security,” as well as “more than 70,000 cars, motorcycles, boats, and helicopters on standby in the streets, alleys, and borders.”
Rezaei added that the police are a “slashing sword for the malevolent, the norm-breakers, and the security disruptors,” threatening the youths. In reality, none of the regime’s security measures and threats have yielded the desired results. Many protests of various sizes have taken place across the country in recent years, some of which were nationwide, and many of which have threatened the regime’s survival.
As a result, such threats are mere propaganda, and one of the regime’s goals, according to the regime’s media, is to seize an increasing number of weapons from people who are preparing for a final showdown with the regime, particularly in the aftermath of the November 2019 protests, which turned into a nationwide uprising that nearly toppled the regime.
Rezaei said that the police “will continue to collect the people’s illegal weapons so that people who own them feel insecure,” while calling the youths and angry people thugs.
The regime’s continued use of ineffective threats reveals its weakness in dealing with popular protests and demonstrates its fear of further acts of defiance, particularly by youths. “Protests and strikes by a segment of society prompt other sectors to start their protest movement,” Gholamreza Mesbahi Moghaddam, one of the regime’s senior clerics, explained.
After learning from their previous experiences, the Iranian people have improved and changed their tactics in dealing with the regime. As a result, there is a growing divide between the people and the ruling class in Iran, which the regime fears the most.
” Iran’s society acts independently of the governing political structure and has cut all ties with it,” the state-run Ebtekar daily wrote on November 4, 2021. As a result, there is a gap between the people and the political system. This rupture will inevitably result in widespread insecurity.”
“That is why all of us on this ship should be concerned about the current situation, which is characterized by indifference, despair, and society’s collapse amid rupture and instability.” Otherwise, the political body and politicians will be without hope,” the daily added.
“There is no doubt that if this situation continues, if not this year, the army of the hungry will explode in protest next year,” regime expert Amanollah Qaraei Moghaddam warned on March 9.