“No to High Prices” uprising in brief:
1 On Tuesday, December 19, the Iranian government announced a new austerity plan.
2 The plan imposed a 50% increase in the price of fuel.
3 The government decided to cancel the monetary support of more than 34 million people.
4 The number of poverty-stricken individuals under the lifting of subsidies rose from 20 million to 54 million.
5 On Wednesday, December 27, citizens went out on a limited demonstration to demand that the government backtrack on the austerity plans.
6 The demonstration was held in the city of Mashhad, the capital of Khorasan Razavi province, and security forces treated the protesters with excessive violence.
7 On Thursday morning, thousands of citizens decided to go out in mass demonstrations against the regime in support of the protesters.
8 University students and other middle classes joined the demonstrations.
9On Friday, December 29, demonstrations spread to vast parts of Iran. The people and brave youths in many cities, including Kermanshah, Qom, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Quchan, Sari, Qa’mshahr, Qazvin, Rasht, Zahedan, Hamadan, Khorram-Abad, Sabzevar and Bojnourd staged protest demonstrations. Demonstrators were chanting: “Political Prisoners Must Be Freed.” And “Bread; Job; Freedom”
10 Security forces violently treated demonstrators and tried to disperse them with tear gas and arrested hundreds of them.
11 The clerics in Mashhad specifically called for the suppression of demonstrations by all means.
The world started to report, realise and respect the People’s desire;
BBC News, 29 December 2017 – Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran. …The demonstrations are the most serious and widespread expression of public discontent in Iran since protests in 2009…. The biggest protest on Thursday was in the north-eastern city of Mashhad, where there were 52 arrests.
Washington Examiner, 29 December 2017 – The Trump administration said Friday the U.S. ‘strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters’ in cities across Iran who this week are demonstrating against deficient economic conditions and government policies and officials.
Washington, 30 December 2017 – US White House spokesperson, Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘Reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad.
The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights including their right to express themselves. The world is watching.
Al Arabiya, 30 December 2017 – The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, has urged people on Friday through his Twitter account to support the ongoing protests against the Iranian government suggesting it was “important.”
Fox News, 30 December 2017 – Whether the protests last only another day or persist long enough to imperil the Iranian regime, President Trump should make it clear that America gives the protesters our moral support.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas),28 December 2017: We should support the Iranian people who are willing to risk their lives to speak out against it.”