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What are the causes that sparked anti-regime protests in Iran?

Mass demonstrations in Iran against Rouhani and the regime. (Supplied)

Various Iranian cities are witnessing mass protests and demonstrations from its north to its east and across the south to the west.

The demonstrators chanted slogans against the Iranian president and the Supreme leader, rejecting Iranian interference in the region.

Some believe that the demonstrations came as a result of the wave of high prices that reached the point of starvation of the people and referred to it as the “hunger revolution.”

But the observer of Iranian reality knows that the rise in prices is actually the straw that divided the camel's back.

The policies pursued by the Iranian regime have touched the Iranian people’s political, social and economic realities and caused them woes before they harmed other people in the region.

READ MORE: Protests continue in at least a dozen cities throughout Iran

Inside Iran, the regime pursued a policy of oppression and discrimination. Iran has suppressed all the voices it opposes at home and assassinated many abroad.

It has blocked or banned many of newspapers and websites to cut communications and put many of the activists in prisons.

The Iranian women have been deprived of the most basic rights such as attending sports in stadiums.

The spread of corruption, injustice and deprivation put Iranians in constant struggle so as not to die of hunger.  At the same time, Iran has made billions of dollars in its regional wars founded on sectarianism and hatred.

The Iranian citizens, who backed President Rouhani hoping to make peace with the world and find a way out of the plight by supporting the Iranian nuclear project, suffered the most as they watched all the billions that Iran has gathered scattered in the sky of Saudi Arabia in the form of hostile ballistic missiles.

WATCH: Iranian security forces confronting demonstrators

They watch as the Iranian-backed Houthi militia continuously launch missile attacks intercepted by the Saudi air defense systems and they witness as Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of Hezbollah (listed terrorist group) boast about the billions in funds, saying that as long as Iran has money, we also do; or are forced to see as well explosives or belt bombs secretly sent to destabilize the security of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The poor Iranians get nothing of these billions, not to mention baring the consequences and the repercussions of Iran’s policies.

In the past, an Iranian citizen with an Iranian passport could have traveled to many countries without a travel visa. But after the 1979 revolution, the regime’s policy had completely devalued the Iranian passport and placed it at the bottom of the international passport list.

In addition, the policy of supporting terrorism and terrorists has made it difficult to obtain travel visas for Iranians and even students and university professors. A good example of this is President Donald Trump’s decision to ban Iranians from traveling to the United States.

This has negatively affected the economic, educational and recreational opportunities of the Iranian citizen. Forcing him to be subjected to the highest degree of surveillance and inspection at foreign airports, not to mention being forced to undertake fingerprints and hand checkups.

Iranian policies also affected the citizen’s chance for freedom of worship and to visit the holy sites, as the Iranian citizen lost the opportunity to visit the two holy mosques last year.

READ MORE: Protesters in Iran raise slogans against Rouhani, Supreme Leader

Many Iranians suffer from the difficulty of providing a decent living for themselves and their families, and a high percentage of the population live below the poverty line.

This unenviable situation led them to chant slogans such as “Death to Rouhani and Death to the Dictator”, “Withdraw from Syria and Think About Us” and “No to Lebanon or Gaza…Yes to Iran,” and “Death to Hezbollah”, declaring their opposition to Iranian policies both internally and externally.

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Last Update: Saturday, 30 December 2017 KSA 23:09 - GMT 20:09
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