Reuters: Demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans in several cities across Iran on Friday, Iranian news agencies and social media reports said, as price protests turned into the largest wave of demonstrations since nationwide pro-reform unrest in 2009.
Police dispersed anti-government demonstrators in the western city of Kermanshah as protests spread to Tehran and several other cities a day after rallies in the northeast, the semi-official news agency Fars said.
The outbreak of unrest reflects growing discontent over rising prices and alleged corruption, as well as concern about the Islamic Republic’s costly involvement in regional conflicts such as those in Syria and Iraq. more …
Opinion: The world watched as the new American president delivered his Cairo apology speech on June 4, 2009. Barack Obama offered the first of many appeasements to the Islamic world by inviting one of the most anti-Semitic Muslim organizations in the world (at the time), the infamous Muslim Brotherhood, parent to al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and Hamas, to his speech.
Just days later on June 12, 2009 thousands of young Iranians seeking freedom and a true democracy hit the streets in protest of the tyrannical, Islamic government controlling the country. Due to a lack of free press, they used Twitter to get their message out as millions around the world watched anxiously.
The people in the Green Movement risked their lives in protest repeatedly looking to the United States with signs in English hoping to get the American president’s support:
The protesters looked to President Obama for leadership and help. After all, his American campaign for the White House was based on a slogan of hope and change. But Obama did nothing, saying he didn’t want to meddle, thereby offering a second olive branch to the Mullahs.
On June 12, 2009 a shot rang out and one of the protesters, Nedā Āghā-Soltān died on the street, and became the martyr for the cause … Obama did nothing.
This wasn’t an Arab Spring movement, but a legitimate cause that could have changed the stronghold the current Iranian regime had on its people and the region.
In a 2016 book, Iran Wars, details are presented on how Obama’s failure to act was deliberate. Obama went against the counsel of his top advisers and showed that he was more interested in cementing his legacy with an Iranian nuclear deal than aiding the country in its desire for freedom.
Iran just finished another election and once again the Iranian people have taken to the streets against rising prices, unemployment, and economic inequality.
In August, the Iranian Central Bank said inflation had reached 10 percent, the unemployment rate reached a three-year high of 12.7 percent, and once again, regime change is in the air.
This time, the US has a new sheriff and perhaps a new outcome …