Iranians protested for a third day in a row against the clerical regime that they blame for running the economy into the ground.
Protesters have long complained of regime corruption and mismanagement that has led to severe water shortages and significant price hikes on basic foodstuffs. Another big complaint is its spending on its foreign adventurism in places such as Syria and Yemen, while ignoring problems at home, which seems to have pushed ordinary Iranians over the edge as they risk prison or worse.
According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the protests are growing. A spokesman told Fox News that the regime has arrested many protesters, and have dealt with them violently. He also said the authorities have used water cannons and tear gas to halt the protesters.
A video circulating on Twitter shows protesters marching in the Iranian capital of Tehran Thursday evening: #IranProtests against Khamenei’s regime reach the capital Tehran tonight w/chants of “The mullahs must get lost (video via MEK in Vali Asr Street) For 3 days protests have rocked Iran’s major cities #FreeIran2018
Another Tweet showed protesters in Arak shouting, “No to Gaza, No to Lebanon. My life for Iran.”
Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), in Washington, D.C., said the words of the protesters are significant.