The grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran said that there was no guarantee that the Iranian regime would survive. Other Iranian officials made similar remarks in the past few days indicating a growing fear of regime change among the regime’s elite.
“We must find the rules for human behavior and the causes of stability and collapse in order to live according to them. Otherwise there is no guarantee that we (regime) will stay and others will go,” Hassan Khomeini said speaking at a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of an Iranian cleric in Jamaran in North Tehran.
“If you do not follow the rules, they will take the arena from you,” the cleric warned in comments carried by the ISNA state-run news agency.
Hassan Khomeini said that one of the reasons behind the collapse of governments was the failure to uphold principles while only paying attention to formalities.
“If you see that in a society, instead of paying attention to the principles of a society and the problems and the foundations of social relations, only appearances are addressed, this would lead to misfortune for governments,” he said.
He stressed the need to win the support of the people, noting that “communities are built on the basis of consensus.”
“Dividing the society constantly and spreading hatred and hypocrisy constantly, forces individuals into dual personality, pushing them away from honesty,” he said adding that all these indicated that “unpleasant consequences await governments.”
The grandson of Ruhollah Khomeini quoted religious Shiite figures as saying that “tyranny” was the most important problem in a society.
He stressed on the need to appease the public, indirectly warning that Iranians were disenchanted with the regime and said that “the people had to feel contentment and force should not play a part in the society.”
He ended his speech by warning those in power, saying, “We have to fear the day that positions collapse and roles change,” referring to the imminent collapse of the regime.
In an editorial in the state-run Entekhab daily today, a representative of Iran’s Parliament also hinted at regime change writing that “when a people were dissatisfied with a government or did not have complete satisfaction, that government lacks legitimacy.”
“The people have not signed a contract with any state,” he wrote.
“The people choose rulers and governments because they believe that their demands will be met but when a government or its officials refuse to be held accountable, it’s only natural that sooner or later, they will be put aside,” Mehdi Sheikh wrote.
These comments come three days after the daughter of the late Hashemi Rafsanjani said that the regime had already collapsed in substance and that the only reason that it was still standing was “intimidation”.
“In my opinion, in substance, the collapse has already happened. It’s only the physical collapse that has not happened and I deem it very probable that it will happen,” said Faezeh Hashemi, who is also a former member of Iran’s parliament.
“In terms of substance, the collapse has already taken place because wherever you look, there is failure. Whatever you address is empty in terms of management and guidance,” she said.
Before this, a firebrand senior cleric with close ties to Iran’s Supreme Leader said that “the enemies of the Islamic Republic were laying the ground to implement a new sedition” in 1398, the Persian year that starts on March 24, 2019.
“The enemy is setting up a plot to instigate a sedition in 1398 through the use of personalities,” the senior cleric who is also the head of Friday Prayers in Mashhad said adding that the people had to stand by the regime and continue “their 40 year revolution.”
In mid-December, Iran’s Supreme Leader, also warned about the “enemy’s schemes” for 2019 signaling the regime’s fear of growing popular protests in Iran.
“Though the enemy’s plans have been exposed, everyone must maintain their vigilance because the United States is a sinister and malicious enemy and may have intentions to deceive so that it could create tumult in 2018 but then for example, have schemes for 2019,” Ali Khamenei said adding that the enemy wanted to “drag the people to the streets.”
Fearing unrest and dissent, Khamenei warned that the regime “should not be heedless for even a moment” adding that “everyone should be awake and alert.”
Popular protests have in been on the rise in Iran with a major eruption that started in December 2017 in all Iranian cities dubbed by regime officials as the “sedition”.
The more than 9,000 reported protests in 2018 has the Iranian government concerned that their 40 years of brutal rule and corruption, which has 80% of the population living under poverty, will finally catch up with them.