Brian Hook special envoy for Iran-Protests sweep Cities

Brian Hook special envoy

Mike Pompeo U.S. Secretary of State, named senior policy advisor Brian Hook as Washington’s special envoy for Iran.

The action came as Donald Trump administration prepared to increase economic pressure on Iran by restoring sanctions to force Tehran to end its nuclear weapons program and support for militant groups in the Middle East, Reuters reported on 17th August.

 

 

The protests that swept all over Iran in the last days of 2017 and the first two weeks of 2018 shook the mullahs’ regime to its core and shifted the political scene of Iran forever. After the first round of the uprising, the question was:

Is this a continuous process that will go on, or a temporary and static phenomenon?

The significant fact is that the uprising would continue and the conditions inside Iran would never return to what they were like before December 28, 2017.

This fact is evident in the evolution process of the widespread protest throughout Iran.

In recent days, a variety of Iranian regime’s officials and analysts have abandoned general commentary on the protests in favor of detailing the role and functions of the Iranian opposition in the uprisings while warning against the effects of its expansion.

Some examples of commentary are as follows :

  • August 8, 2018
  • Media affiliated to the State Security Forces and the IRGC

“An expert review of recent illegal gatherings shows that the (MEK) have changed their tactics. For example, in the disturbances of last December and January, one to two days was needed to change the slogans from the social and economic issues to political and anti-establishment ones, but during the unlawful gatherings a few days ago, all it took was a few minutes after the start of the rally until people began shouting their anti-regime and anti-establishment slogans.”

 

  • August 8, 2018:
  • Clergy, Hassan Nowroozi, member of Majlis (parliament)
  • During the impeachment of Ali Rabiei, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare  

“One of the issues I want to emphasize is that some people say that the MEK are calling for demonstrations and so on. We stand against them until the last drop of our blood. But this does not mean that we should not see the problems in the country.”

  • August 5, 2018: (Fars News Agency)
  • Friday Prayer Imam in Pardisan district of Qom

“We want all the students of the seminaries, when there is a protest by the people, to take part in them and shout the slogans. Do not allow the MEK to change those slogans and seize the rallies.”

 

July 14, 2018: (Tasnim News Agency)

  • IRGC Brigadier General Jalali, head of the Civil Defense organization, at the meeting of the non-executive committee chairmen of the country’s executive agencies

“… The remarkable thing is that the entirety of the counter-revolution is designed around the MEK, so that they can topple the regime by using their security and anti-security capabilities.”

 

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