(Persia Digest) – The Iranian Ministry of the Interior has said: “Despite mounting dissatisfaction among people, there has been a 38 percent drop in protest rallies in the current year as compared to last year.”
Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said on Sunday: “About 80 percent of demands by people are financial. Our enemy’s priority is to exert economic pressure on our country. The main supporters of the establishment are the people. They are fully aware of the situation and support us.”
He continued: “There has been a 38 percent drop in protest rallies in the current year as compared to last year, although dissatisfaction has increased. But people understand the situation the country is in and the level of protests has decreased. In return, we are duty-bound to deal with people's demands.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that in December 2017, unrests took place in parts of Iran to protest the high cost of living. But, slogans against the Iranian political system emerged slowly. The unrests quickly expanded to 100 cities in the initial days and clashes also occurred in 42 other cities.
Citing these protests, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated in his speeches that with the US withdrawing from the nuclear deal the Iranian economy is under pressure and people are constantly protesting. The US exited the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal in May 2018, but unrests in Iran reached their height in December 2017.
Nevertheless, the Iranian currency devalued following the reinstatement of sanctions against Iran and the economic situation worsened. But as the Minister of the Interior said, protests have declined and this can be an indication of solidarity against a foreign enemy.
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