Who Killed The Iran Protests?

One prime indicator that anti-government protests in Iran have truly died down to the point of now being completely snuffed out as reports today suggest, and as we began reporting at the end of last week, is that current headlines are now merely focused on the barely lingering and ephemeral "social media battle" and anonymous YouTube activism, along with multiple postmortem accounts of a failed movement already out. It seems there's now clear consensus that Iran's streets have grown quiet. 

It was evident by the end of last week that demonstrations were fizzling - even as the headlines breathlessly attempted to portray a bigger and more unified movement than what was really occurring on the ground. By many accounts, it was the much larger pro-government rallies that began to replace the quickly dying anti-regime protests by the middle of last week.

But a central question that remains is, who killed the Iran protests? There seemed to be a direct correlation between Western and outside officials weighing in with declarations of "solidarity" and support for regime change, and the drastic decline in protest size and distribution

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Image source: Breaking News TV

One such postmortem on the now dead Iran protests published on Sunday begins by lamenting:

Less than 10 days ago, a few sporadic demonstrations about economic hardships across Iran sparked a global media frenzy. In a matter of hours, social media became delirious with #IranProtest, awash with confident assertions that “The Iranian People want regime change”. Donald Trump waded in with his support. Nigel Farage, the unlikely new champion of Iran’s revolution, hosted an LBC radio Iran special.

Despite all of this excitement, reports from Tehran over the past few days have suggested that #IranProtests may - for now - be fizzling out (read brutally contained by the authorities).

Within the first days of protests and rioting, we posed the obvious question, "Are we witnessing regime change agents hijacking economic protests?" - this after the US State Department's first statement declared solidarity with "freedom and democracy seeking" protesters while prematurely speaking of "transition of government". Immediately came the predictable flurry of tweets and statements from government officials and think tankers alike echoing the familiar script which seems to roll out when anyone protests for any reason in a country considered an enemy of the United States.

And then there was Bibi Netanyahu's surprising televised address to "the Iranian people" on behalf of the state of Israel, wishing them "success in their noble quest for freedom" - something which we predicted would only have an adverse effect on the demonstrators' momentum, considering that authorities in Tehran accused protest leaders of serving the interests of and being in league with foreign "enemies" like Saudi Arabia and Israel nearly from day one. 

The address was surprising precisely because it was the surest way to kill the protests as quickly as possible. From the moment Netanyahu publicly declared, "When this regime [the Iranian government] finally falls, and one day it will, Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again" - all the air was sucked out of whatever momentum the protesters had. 

For many average Iranians who had not yet joined anti-government demonstrations at that point, Bibi's speech gave them every incentive to stay home. All that the regime had to say at that point was, "see, you are in league with enemies of the nation!" And that is exactly what Tehran did. It was on the very Monday of Netanyahu's speech that Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced it would be taking charge of the security situation in Tehran, though likely they were mobilized earlier. 

Early on Sunday the IRGC declared that rioting, sedition, and demonstrations are now finished: "Iran’s revolutionary people along with tens of thousands of Basij forces, police and the Intelligence Ministry have broken down the chain [of unrest] created... by the United States, Britain, the Zionist regime [Israel], Saudi Arabia, the hypocrites [Mujahideen] and monarchists," a statement from the group’s Sepahnews website said. Also on Sunday state TV reported that Iranian Parliament held a closed-door meeting to assess the security situation throughout the country - no doubt they were talking about the plotting of external enemies to exploit Iran's domestic situation.

And who can blame the Iranian authorities for believing this? Even France seemed to be in rare agreement with both Russia, China, and even the Iranian authorities on this one. 

Speaking of Iran's parliament, Iranian citizens probably remember very well that a short time ago (June 2017), parliament was hit by a deadly ISIS attack which involved gunmen and suicide bombers terrorizing central Tehran, leaving 12 dead and 42 injured. What was Washington's response? The White House essentially said that Iran had it coming:

 

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White House response to the June 2017 ISIS attack on downtown Tehran: "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote."

So likely, Iranians don't believe for a minute that either the American or Israeli governments actually care for people protesting on the streets - only a short while ago they were told "it's your fault" as ISIS shed blood in their streets and government buildings. 

During Friday's UN emergency session in which the US found itself isolated, France stuck by President Macron's earlier words blaming the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia for stoking tensions and exploiting Iran's domestic unrest in a situation he said could lead to war. French Ambassador Francois Delattre urged Iran's enemies to back off, saying just before the UN meeting, "Yes, of course, to vigilance and call for full respect of freedom of expression, but no to instrumentalization of the crisis from the outside - because it would only reinforce the extremes, which is precisely what we want to avoid." 

His call to cautiously prevent the "instrumentalization of the crisis from the outside" was a clear reference to the repeat Israeli and US officials' demands for international solidarity with the anti-Tehran protesters in cause of regime change. Or perhaps France also simply understood the obvious truth... that all the premature foaming at the mouth talk of Tehran regime overthrow coming out of Washington and Tel Aviv or other Western capitals would be the surest way to halt protests dead in their tracks. 

Because nobody wants to be hijacked in their cause... nobody wants to play stooge to foreign powers... nobody wants to be a geopolitical pawn, not the least of which the Iranians, who've had a long and bloody history of outside foreign meddling in their politics. Though the usual pundits will now simply fault the brutal and efficient IRGC for snuffing out the protests, they should look much closer to home. 

Comments

BobEore Moe-Monay Jan 7, 2018 11:14 PM Permalink

Looks like the HAWGS  still ain't chowin down on the heapin helpins o CROW that they put pon their own plates...

wastin their time in fruitless attempts to restore to life dead VOTAN vote meter gods... smashed to smithereen dreams of 'death to america'...

brokin shells of orange-painted Frumpty-Drumpsters and assorted detritus of a brokeback 'alt-right revolution' what went the way of all thing fleshly n foolish!

Obsessed over "Iran" ... they ran... for shelter, in to the waiting arms and dubious charms of ... phony mullahs, bearded 'militia men' with swiss padded bank accounts and house tabs at tehrans' secret watering holes for wily wastrels of the 'johnnyblack meets the 72 virgins kind' o gettin blotto'd like our local tards like to do...

before gettin on the board to temporize the time away... time the day it all falls apart...

and that day... is now!

Chow time tranny tards! Dig it!

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BobEore HominyTwin Jan 7, 2018 11:41 PM Permalink

Pathetic, hawg. Yur crew bin der done dat... and it hasn't worked... won't work... and will in fact backfire like all of your droolin designs...

since it's more than obvious to the onlookin audience just who the real stoners are in this comic opera of a kabbalist psyop.

KEEP WHISTLIN... past yur graveyard.

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Slack Jack Soul Glow Jan 8, 2018 1:48 AM Permalink

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives support to anti-government protests.

The protests die down.

Why would Mahmoud Ahmadinejad give support to anti-government protests?

Well; the English newspaper, the Telegraph, states that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a Jew.

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=466

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/6256173/Mahmo…

An interesting quote from the Telegraph article is: "Experts last night suggested Mr Ahmadinejad's track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an overcompensation to hide his past." Sounds like Hitler; doesn't it.

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=1174

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

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GreatUncle Boubou Jan 8, 2018 9:45 AM Permalink

Used to read it ... not no more when it fell into line with government economic policy of handing free money to banks to prevent them collapsing whilst screwing the population at the same time.

Guardian is better in that it at least gets to grips with issues, just a pity it is so left fucking wing rack up the debt whilst ignoring the globalist elephants in the rooms and worry about the future paying for it.

Nothing left after that so now I only take my news from alternative news sources.

Figuring the minimal stories in the national press are too trivial to even bother contemplating anymore.

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BobEore Koba the Dread Jan 8, 2018 3:50 AM Permalink

Perhaps if you can break your dependence pon circle-jerkin games with vote meters, upgrade your reading and comprehension skills, and then get serious about holding up your end of a debate which

suffers no needless and pathetic efforts to cover up for the complete absence of an argument...

we'll get down to business. It's your call...

meanwhiles, I will continue to knock the snot outta your bullshit narratives.

tags

#what happened to 'winnin'> whiners?

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BobEore 11b40 Jan 8, 2018 12:06 PM Permalink

hey whiny victim guy...

did somebody force you to read Cervantes, Gogol, or Goethe?

Some folks are good at some things... 

others at others. You are clearly one of the many here who excel at button stroking, circle jerkin, and lashing out in frustration at being serially unable to follow the simplest of dialogue written in your native tongue. That's cool.

Jus leave the rest of stuff to us...and everyone will be happy special genius!

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Mementoil BobEore Jan 8, 2018 3:44 AM Permalink

Congratulations to ZH and the majority of commentators - the so called "Libertarian" website is officially on the side of the Iranian Ayatollahs and their dictatorial regime (oh, the irony...). Forcing women to cover themselves? Hanging 16 y/o gay boys off construction cranes? Jailing and torturing political dissidents? sponsoring terrorism on a global scale? all these are quite acceptable in your eyes, because the US is your enemy and anyone who opposes the US is your friend, no matter how ruthless and backward.
I follow this website because I thought it was a Libertarian vanguard, but now I realize that it is nothing but a mouthpiece for dictatorial governments. I recommend that you change your logo to a boot stamping on a human face, because that is what you truly represent, don't you?  

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Davidduke2000 Mementoil Jan 8, 2018 6:30 AM Permalink

do not bother looking to other countries faults, look at the us social decline where millions of young people are turning to trannies because it's a fad, but they will commit suicide before the age of 40.

you do what's good for your country and the Iranians are free to do what they want.

remember Iran is 6000 years, the us is less than 250 years old, enough said.

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biker_trash Mementoil Jan 8, 2018 12:33 PM Permalink

Your post makes zero sense. Libertarians are not in favor of foreign interventions and respect sovereignty. They do not favor the Iranian government by default because they are against ME destabilization. Your assertion that this site is a mouth piece for dictatorial governments is hilarious and beyond ironic. Your characterization of the Iranian situation is infantile at best. 

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BobEore asscannon101 Jan 8, 2018 9:36 AM Permalink

I do believe that I shall decline your advice,

as the opportunity to join you in what you appear to be describing as a rather uninviting mental state

is less than appealing. Good luck ... and

next contestant pls!

 

note: as this is a public forum for a discussion of diverse affairs of political and geographic import, rather than the agony column of your local newspaper...

no personal histories or plaintive pleas for help if you don't mind. There are professionals for that - consult your yellow pages.

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