Wednesday, August 1st, saw a continuation of the nationwide protests from the day before in multiple cities of Iran, the largest and most notable being in Isfahan’s Shapour e Jadid district. While the regime’s security forces also continued to violently disperse the crowds, protesters fought back and created barricades. In some cases, they attacked policemen and their vehicles. The slogans being chanted go beyond basic necessities of life issues and are directly calling for the Khomeiniist regime’s fall.
Brave Iranians are calling for Khamenei and his ilk to get lost and let people live their lives in peace: “It’s Time For Mullahs/Clergy To Get Lost”-Iranians Protesting Against & His Regime, Karaj#تظاهرات_سراسری #IranRegimeChangehttps://t.co/xKI1nh0K5y— Democratic Iran Channel (@DemocraticIran3) August 1, 2018
Thousands of citizens joined the anti-regime rallies in Isfahan, #Iran on Aug 1, chanted:
– Death to Dictator
– Death to Khamenei
– Nor Gaza, neither Lebanon; my life is for Iran
– Reza Shah rest in peace #IslamicRegimeMustGo pic.twitter.com/GQHKsDCCPg— Neda Gh (@NedaGh9) August 1, 2018
8/1/18 #IranProtest during #IranSummerofDiscontent main slogan “we don’t want Islamic Republic” but question remaining be woukd the regime hear them and will they quit? Nope. https://t.co/Zdiocf0zyd— GigiPour (@digiyaya) August 1, 2018
“Unite, rebuild & take our country back. Don’t be afraid. If we unite no internal or external gov’t can match our strength & be our opponent. We are Iranian. Enough with Syria, Palestine, Lebanon & Iraq. Why does our generations resources have to leave this country? #Iran https://t.co/kK43WIx9ma— Samira Mohyeddin سمیرا (@SMohyeddin) August 1, 2018
Short video of people setting tires on fire in Esfahan’s Shahpour e Jadid district and chanting “Khamenei, shame on you, get out of the country!”
— VOA Farsi (@VOAIran) August 1, 2018
Those who tell you the #IranProtest is JUST about economics don’t have a clue. This is totally unprecedented in the history of the Islamic Republic; a woman without the mandatory veil standing in a square calling for unity & solidarity among the people against the gov’t.
?? https://t.co/OGQUVhms6W— Samira Mohyeddin سمیرا (@SMohyeddin) August 1, 2018
This brave woman removed her veil & invited people to protest against #Iran‘s Islamic Regime in #Sadeghiyeh, #Tehran today. She tells people “Why you are silent? They are wasting our resources in #Iraq, #Syria, #Lebanon, #Palestine. She was later arrested by police. #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/5su6Vikc9I— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) August 1, 2018
#IranProtests, #Isfahan #Iran??.Second day of nationwide protests against #Iran‘s Islamic Regime across the country over Iranian currency devaluation & rise in prices of goods.#IslamicRegimeMustGo #FreeIran. pic.twitter.com/8xg7jQ1FQ2— Ashraf Sherjan (@ASJBaloch) August 1, 2018
August 1, 2018 in the city of #Karaj (4th most populated city of #Iran?? with 1.6 million ppl) chants of “Death to the Dictator” as the #IranProtests continue in this city for the second day. #FreeIran #IslamicRegimeMustGo pic.twitter.com/IGHQgSRPfR— Ashraf Sherjan (@ASJBaloch) August 1, 2018
There were clashes between protesters and regime forces today in Isfahan, instead of solving people’s problems, regime send out its forces to crack down on people. #تظاهرات_سراسری #IranRegimeChangehttps://t.co/nI2mSfoyQL— Democratic Iran Channel (@DemocraticIran3) August 1, 2018
#IranProtests: Anti-riot forces break down anti-regime rally in Shapour street, Isfahan with tear gas and water cannon today and attack peaceful protesters who demonstrate over inflation and poverty.#Iranpic.twitter.com/nwoFy65OVL— آسپیران دودکار (@ssimamm) August 1, 2018
Protesters set police car on fire
1 August 2018
معترضین در کرج ماشین پلیس را آتش زدند
١٠مرداد ٩٧#IranProtests#IranRegimeChagne pic.twitter.com/Eo6rmPP89G— آسپیران دودکار (@ssimamm) August 1, 2018
The scale and organization of these protests has led diaspora activists to speculate on whether there is a clandestine opposition leadership inside the country directing the street movements.
Major planned protests took place in several large #Iranian cities in last 2 days. It appears coordinated protest movement in Iran is emerging; just because we don’t know ID of organizers doesn’t mean it’s directionless. For now it’s better for opposition 2 be hidden.— Alireza Nader (@AlirezaNader) August 2, 2018
Meanwhile, regime intelligence services spread disinformation to discourage protest
#BREAKING: Minutes ago, the regime’s Ministry of Telecommunication just randomly sent this SMS for millions of #Iran|ians in which says: “the call for protests on Thursday is a plot of #US & #SaudiArabia“.
The Islamic Regime is scared of the nationwide #IranProtests tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/OQMmHMxGPc— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) August 1, 2018