Iran, a country with a population of over 80 million people is facing a new crisis which threatens to destabilize its government. In the face of numerous sanctions imposed by the United States, the locals are now stepping onto the streets to fight for their rights. The primary concern among those is the increase in fuel prices. Setting cars on fire, vandalizing shops and facing off against security officials, mainly the Revolutionary Guard Corps, has not come at an easy price. Many Iranians risk losing their lives but that is just the beginning.
Iranians are suffering from what they call a crisis that has taken over their homeland. What they look for now in the face of dark sanctions and problems looming on the state is an uncertain future that might risk the lives of millions of citizens. However, the problems cannot only be blamed on the Iranian government since numerous issues need to be taken into account. Firstly, the biggest problem that Iran faces today could be linked to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The JCPOA is an agreement signed by Iran, China, France, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. The 2015 agreement aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear activities and prevent the enrichment of uranium.
This was just the beginning as the United States and the United Nations planned to impose a multitude of sanctions if Iran refrained from keeping its commitments. These sanctions mainly targeted a range of Iranian diplomats and entities which included the government and the financial sectors. These weren’t the only planned sanctions; anyone trading with Iran would also be sanctioned under the demonic agenda set by the institutions. Iran has stated on several different occasions that its nuclear activities were not being run to produce nuclear weapons but were solely being used to develop nuclear energy. There might be a difference in opinion but the Iranian government has reiterated its stance regarding its nuclear activities on many different occasions.
Coming back to the country itself, we must realize that Iran is facing immense pressure from the international community to cut down on nuclear rejuvenations. Facing so many sanctions over time, it has embroiled the country’s economy in a complete meltdown. The protests that recently erupted across the country were due to some of the decisions the government took considering the hefty sanctions it was facing. The Iranian government sharply raised fuel prices which acted as a blowback since citizens took to the streets denouncing the move and called on the government to reverse its policies.
Iran is an extremely oil-rich country. Given the circumstances, the government should not have raised the prices but it was forced to do so since the economic problems took a turn for the worse. Sharp inflation in the country, basic rights in jeopardy and a bleak future led to mass protests. During these protests, the internet remained shut down as the government tried to peacefully quell the demonstrations. However, that brought more agony and anger as protesters torched numerous buildings, gas stations and everything and anything that came in their way.
The Iranian government dispatched the special Revolutionary Guard Corps to disperse protesters however, things turned violent. Amnesty International says at least 143 protesters have been killed in the disturbances. The number is yet to be confirmed by those in Tehran but sources say it could be much higher than expected. Considering the blockade of the internet, numerous conflicting reports have emerged stating that the guards converged on a more violent technique by shooting protesters. A country already facing a financial crunch, the protests added more costs and burden for the government.
The loss of lives, economic costs and people demanding their rights. Stories emerging from Iran give us a new perspective that people do want change and they need it immediately. Despite the rise in protests, the government did eventually manage to secure peace in the country. It said the protests were a ‘conspiracy’ designed by the United States to bring down the Iranian government. It may or may not be the case, since the United States has targeted Iranians through its ‘maximum pressure’ campaign, a move it says would cripple the Iranian economy and would subsequently leave the officials with no other option but to give in to American demands.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says ‘global arrogance’ against Iran would soon be quelled as he believes the Iranian people trust higher authorities to solve their problems. Modern-day problems require modern solutions and this is something which needs to be highlighted. The only solution to the chaos in the country would be mediation between the members of the JCPOA. Iran should also be willing to comply with international agreements and hopefully try to get the United States back on the negotiating table since it opted an exit in 2018. With France and Germany somewhat supporting Iran, a peaceful outcome could be calibrated where all sides benefit from one each other’s policies, regulations and cooperation.