“These uprisings have just begun. People are not at all willing to give up,” according to the Iranian protestors interviewed.
“Their patience has come to an end and they have nothing to lose. Iran will surely not fall down and people will not retreat from their demands.”
The defiance comes as President Trump announced Friday that he is waving sanctions against Iran under the controversial 2015 nuclear deal one last time, and gave the European allies four months to change the terms of the agreement or he may seek to scrap it.
The Iranian protestors demanded even harsher sanctions.
“They should impose major sanctions on the regime,” Iranian protestors demanded. Adding there “should be sanctions for human rights violations.”
The Iranian protestors interviewed are members of the long banned opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI, also known as the MEK). The group’s leader, Maryam Rajavi, has been directly blamed by the Iranian government for fomenting the unrest.
Leader of Iranian protestors, Maryam Rajavi. Image Source: mojahedin.org
Social media videos show supporters unveiling large banners with Rajavi’s photo over highway overpasses, and continuing their opposition.
The group is calling for:
- Iranian oil export sanctions,
- Cut off the regime’s access the international banking system,
- as well as other punitive measures.
The activists predict stronger methods will work, and are thanking the President and the American public for keeping up the pressure.
“We thank you President Trump. We call on all of the supporters of the people who press this regime from different fronts, to put pressure with you and overthrow with us,” the activist told Fox News in broken English.
He and others said they are grateful that the Trump administration is expressing support for the resistance. The demonstrations started Dec. 28, and the government claims that they have largely been quelled.
That is why the activists are looking to the United States for inspiration — and more help.
“Iranian people want to achieve a democratic and independent government, and play a role in it,” said one.
“In Iran taxis and buses and public places, you heard people talking that they are happy that the United States and President Trump is actually taking actions on the side of the Iranian people and as you know, the overthrow of this regime and establishment of a free country is in the interest of the entire world.”
“This support should continue, and years of appeasement should end. People are very determined and do not retreat despite this severe crackdown.”
The demonstrators deny that the protests are largely over. Videos posted on social media show activists attacking government outposts, such as firebombing police stations, destroying government property, and chanting anti-regime slogans.
They all expressed a common goal. They insisted the movement will not end until the hardline theocratic regime is finally ousted.
“To reach this goal they know the value of the support,” one activist said.
The support from the White House has included President Trump’s harsh criticism of the regime and its treatment of the demonstrators.
On Jan. 3, Trump tweeted:
“Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”
Earlier this week a White House statement condemned the regime and its mass arrests of protesters. It also said “reports that the regime has tortured or killed some of these demonstrators while in detention are even more disturbing. We will not remain silent as the Iranian dictatorship represses the basic rights of its citizens and will hold Iran’s leaders accountable for any violations.”
One activist was so scared that he refused to talk, and instead texted this about the President’s views.
“He is correct and we approve of what he spoke. He should help the Iranian people. We need internet because the internet in Iran is banned. We ask President Trump to convince European Union to ban the Mullah. We want President Trump to widespread Iranian sound all over the world and show Mullah’s injustice to the people of the world.”
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