Iran's Revolutionary Guards Vow To Crush Dissent As Protests Extend Into Fourth Day

On the fourth day of "spontaneous" protests to sweep Iran just days after Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US reached a secret agreement  to do everything in their power to destabilize the Iranian government by diplomatic means or otherwise, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps vowed to "crush dissent" and take tough action if the unrest continued.

Protesters "must certainly know that improper behavior will be to their detriment, and the nation will come out and stand against these actions and throw a hard punch in their faces," the Revolutionary Guard’s commander for security in Tehran, Brigadier General Esmail Kowsari, said according to THE semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency late Saturday.

The threat from the IRGC came a day after Iranian authorities blocked the nation's internet, interrupted the main networks, and restricted access to the country’s most popular social media platform, Signal, in response to one of the biggest shows of dissent against its leadership in years, in which as we reported yesterday two people were killed in clashes with security forces in the western city of Dorud, the first casualties since anti-government protests erupted on Thursday. The deputy governor of Lorestan province blamed foreign agents for the deaths.

"No shots were fired by the police and security forces. We have found evidence of enemies of the revolution, Takfiri groups and foreign agents in this clash," Habibollah Khojastehpour said on state television. Takfiri is a term for extreme Sunni militants such as Islamic State.

Protesters also attacked banks and government buildings and burned police vehicles.

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Protesters defied the police and Revolutionary Guards who have used violence to crush previous unrest. The demonstrations could be more worrying for authorities because they seem spontaneous and lack a clear leader... Almost as if the protests were organized from abroad.

As Bloomberg notes, the rare public challenge to the government and the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, "has erupted at a time of deepened strains between Iran and the U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed additional sanctions on Tehran and threatened to quit Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers." It also "surprisingly" comes days after we reported that "US And Israel Reach "Secret Plan" To Counter Iran", and one month after Israel said it was "Ready To Share Intel With Saudis "Against Iran" Ahead Of Possible War", and also a ""Bombshell" Leaked Secret Israeli Cable Confirmed Israeli-Saudi Coordination To Provoke War with Iran."

Almost as if the events are connected...

Meanwhile, in another Twitter post on the unrest Sunday, Trump said, “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism." The president also added that it "[l]ooks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!" Violations which the CIA may or may not have been itching to tweet it was sponsoring.

In any case, the protests which began in the northeastern city of Mashhad, initially targeted the government’s handling of the economy, winning the backing of hardliners critical of President Hassan Rouhani and the nuclear deal. But it took less than a day for the focus to shift to the religious establishment and state security forces close to the hardliners.

By Saturday, unverified video footage shared on Iran’s Telegram social media site, Twitter and Instagram from several cities across the country showed demonstrators calling for Khamenei’s ouster.

Meanwhile, demonstrations, which extended to at least 20 locations over the past week, continued into their fourth day on Sunday. An Iranian reached by telephone told Reuters that there was a heavy presence of police and security forces in central Tehran.

"I saw a few young men being arrested and put into police van. They don’t let anyone assemble," he said.

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Video from earlier days posted on social media showed people chanting: “Mullahs, have some shame, leave the country alone.”

The demonstrators also shouted: “Reza Shah, bless your soul”. Such calls are evidence of a deep level of anger and break a taboo. The king ruled Iran from 1925 to 1941 and his Pahlavi dynasty was overthrown in a revolution in 1979 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s first leader.

Confirming the crackdown on internet services in the country, Telegram’s chief executive, Pavel Durov, wrote on Twitter that Iranian authorities are blocking access “for the majority of Iranians.” The move came after the company refused to shut down a number of “peacefully protesting channels,” Durov said.

The recent demonstrations are among the largest seen since in the Islamic Republic since millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest the disputed re-election of hardline former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

Government officials say the latest unrest is part of a wider attempt by Rouhani’s opponents to discredit his leadership. Iran’s hardline media have said justified criticism of the government has been hijacked by a wider foreign plot to sow sedition in the country.

As noted above, Iran's elite armed forces, the Revolutionary Guard, warned late Saturday that it would respond with “a hard punch” if demonstrations didn’t stop.

Earlier over the weekend, videos on social media showed protesters in the city of Shiraz tearing down a banner of Qassem Soleimani, the powerful head of the Quds Force, the branch of the IRGC that overseas operations in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, and successfully defended the Assad regime against a 6 year proxy war meant to change the Syrian regime.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said some of the arrested protesters have confessed “they were carried away by emotions and set fire to mosques and public buildings” and said they will face heavy punishment for the crimes. “After giving thousands of martyrs for the revolution, the nation will not return to dark era of Pahlavi rule,” he said.

Ahmad Khatami, a hardline cleric who leads Friday prayers in the capital Tehran, called for capital punishment for those chanting slogans against the values of the Islamic Republic, according to Reuters.

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In apparent response to the protests, the government backed down on plans to raise fuel prices, promised to increase cash handouts to the poor and create more jobs in coming years.

“We predict that at least 830,000 jobs will be created in the new year,” government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on state television on Saturday night. He gave no details. Around 3.2 million Iranians are jobless.

Iranians also expressed anger over their country’s costly interventions in Syria and Iraq where it is engaged in a proxy war for influence against regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Having officially avoided the protests since they stated, later on Sunday Iran's president Rouhani would address the nation in a televised speech, his first public comments since the unrest broke out, ISNA reported.

The country's unrest also hit Iran’s stock exchange. The TEDPIX Index fell 1.7% to 95,561.58 in Tehran on Sunday, the lowest level since Dec. 20, according to Bloomberg.

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evoila Gaius Frakkin'… Dec 31, 2017 12:36 PM Permalink

all you need to do is look at who is pushing this crap in Iran. It is the MEK, a known terrorist organization. The accounts that were putting out what times to people should pour into the streets were all by people who associated with NCRI, or Maryam Ravaji.

Who is Maryam Rajavi you ask?  Please see the attached link, and you have your answer. The thing these jackasses don't understand is that they have no following in Iran, and they won't get any traction. Also look at the Wiki page for the MEK -- listed supporters are the KSA & Israel.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sirO8OAeRKQ

 

 

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TBT or not TBT Gaius Frakkin'… Dec 31, 2017 12:37 PM Permalink

The mullahs set about undermining non Islamic aspects of Persian culture immediately after they won out over other factions in the revolution, including of course crushing allied groups and their duped, useful idiot leaders.  It is and has been systematic since then, and is particularly remarkable with the imposition of learning arabic, and state sponsored effort to arabize language.   Arabic being THE language of....Islam.   The CIA and Jooos, probably arent behind that.   Stateside the destruction of western  culture has a polifical home in the Democrat Party, which is also the party that deep state permajob employees unions give systematically to. 

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Gaius Frakkin'… TBT or not TBT Dec 31, 2017 12:54 PM Permalink

Cui bono?

More to the point, you don't give a shit about poor White people in America who have had their race, culture, and economic prospects stolen from them by the jews and the ZOG.

Whether by old age, economic affluence or the fact you're just not part of the White tribe, the plight of Persions is so much more important to you. You and scum like you are increasingly isolated. This isn't some petty political struggle in the US. Oh no, it's much deeper than that.

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Ms No Gaius Frakkin'… Dec 31, 2017 3:50 PM Permalink

Very likely, that or Hasbara.  Thank you for noticing.  They tend to use a few different tactics that I have noticed over the years and this is important because this might be their last internet battle.  If they can get us into a WWIII scenario then they think they have won and they wont have to worry about our pesky opinions anymore.

1) They hit the first page heavy.  They are here to be seen by the outside world and keep you from being heard.

2) They not only spew complete lies and BS, but they also will try to distract from the entire topic if the Hedge article is a sore spot for them.  They may even have conversations with a puppet account in this fashion to destroy the first page of a thread.  This is in part a war of thread space for them.

3) They are usually the types that will always stay on the red team/ blue team meme.  The Hedge used to be more immune to that because that type of stupidity wasn't tolerated but after Trump things changed a bit.

They will mention Obama constantly or any other strictly blue team apparatchik, but the system itself is off limits or always defended.  Distraction and deflection are constantly used. They always disagree with anything conspiracy, unless of course it fits with people staying in a "it's just the Democrats that are the problem" frame of mind.  That's obviously right where they want people here.

Zionists are always defended unless once again it is trapped in a blue team frame of reference.  Usually neither the spook agencies or Israel will ever be mentioned in a negative light.  Also all things must be blamed on Muslims or else they can't get us all killed in the next world war which they seem to want to get smoldering there.  Jews always good.  Muslims always baaaaaad.  Four legs good.

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silverer TBT or not TBT Dec 31, 2017 3:54 PM Permalink

People here don't understand what you are saying.  They don't know the history.  The US has been there before, and made it worse.  Iranians have plenty of reasons not to like the US.  I remember the girl in college from Iran, remembered her angry words during lunch about that episode in history.  That was a long time ago.  It would seem the US is good at making things worse, which gives them the excuse to repeat the exercise often.

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veritas semper… TBT or not TBT Dec 31, 2017 1:12 PM Permalink

What do you think of the proven non stop murders of unarmed civilians in IS..RA..EL.. since the Jerusalem f*ck up and the protest started? Do they have the right to kill a 9 year old,a double amputee holding a flag,and multiple other murders and unjustified arrests?

Or this is Kosher and we can not discuss them. These are proven murders ,not imaginary ones as you  try to pin on Iran.

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thisguyoverhere TBT or not TBT Dec 31, 2017 1:23 PM Permalink

Are you in Iran?  On the street today? STFU

As a tax donkey of this USA I like to think I'm smart, but the facts are stacked against me giving opinion on whats going on in Iran.

Some probabilities:

 

1. Whatever narrative my state media is peddling will be contrary to my state's actual goals and motives.

 

A. The 'its just terrible a nation being run by religious fanatics who support terrorism' narrative is likely a lie.  Likely the lazy fiat currency userers are upset because Iran gives the folks in Basel Sz the middle finger, thats right no IMF central bank.

 

B. There are factions fighting for power in Iran, but as a persian gentleman in CA recently explained to me 'they aren't the reasons an American would typically think of'.

2. I distrust even much of 'alternative media' on this topic because . . .

A.  They aren't in Iran

B As Nassim Taleb would say, "They have no skin in the game."

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TBT or not TBT Give_me_liberty_or Dec 31, 2017 12:43 PM Permalink

OMG he tweeted!   The Jarrett Adminsitration gracefully said nothing bad about the Islamist state terror of 2009, while shutting down the FBI work on Hezbollah drug running into the USA, and working on how to fund the regime with sweet hard foreign currency, trade deals, and access to nuclear raw material etc.   Compare and  contrast     Tweets against the regime vs massive material support.   

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