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The cracks in Iran begins to show as the economically struggling country celebrates 40 years of Islamic revolution

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Tuesday, on the 12th of February, the Iranian regime celebrated its ruby jubilee with great fanfare in Teheran. 40 years after the political overthrow and the fall of the Shah, it’s unsure whether or not the majority of the population remains as loyal to the Mullahs. Nevertheless, the current president of Iran Hassan Rohani, member of the self-proclaimed moderate party, praised the Islamic and redeeming facet of the revolution.
“The Islamic nature of our revolution is the warrant of our country. Had it not been Islamic, but Persian or patriotic, it wouldn’t have survived the threats, the conspiracies targeted against its well-being,” claimed Rohani during his celebration speech.

To also console the population from the times of austerity the nation currently endures, president Rohani praised as well the Iranian military power and its key role in the region:

“We never asked nor shall ask whomever the permission to raise our defence capacities or missile production required to defend ourselves. We shall not deviate from our goal, and shall keep increasing our military power.”

Ballistic missiles are not part of the nuclear deal passed with Iran. Rohani’s tests are not explicitly prohibited, but his claims will surely provoke some troubles within the region. The guardians of the revolution recently presented a new model capable of reaching a range of 1000km; a distance to reach Israel. The striking power of Iran, however, does not seem to impress the Iranian people in its entirety. The latest American sanctions sent the coup de grace to an already deficient economy. Unemployment among the youth reaches the 30% bar and according to the opposition in exile, the whole population is chained from any hope of conditions improvement.

“In my opinion, there are strong possibilities that this regime will eventually end up collapsing. At the beginning of the revolution, over 90% of the Iranian population wished to see this regime in power. But nowadays, if we were to set democratic elections, over 90% of the voters would unlikely be supportive.” confessed Peace Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi to the franco-german journal Arte journal.

A speculation possibly overestimated, as several tens of thousands of pro-regime demonstrators braved the poor weather this day to parade in the streets of Teheran in support of the Islamic republic, under a climate motivated with government-fuelled nationalism and anti-American resentment due to the latest sanctions imposed by Donald Trump, the toughest Washington ever placed on a country. According to the journal Al-Jazeera, demonstrators also chanted ‘Death to America’, ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to the al-Saud’ family of Saudi Arabia.

“Since the revolution, which united the country against the Shah, the country appears today to be more divided than ever between the hardliners and the reformists”, says Mohammad Ali Najib from Al Jazeera.

In Iran, someone is considered a senior at the age of 40. Despite that, the whole country is being controlled the octogenarian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei since 1989. In spite of his old age, the supreme guide of the Islamic revolution has a tough skin and does not seem to intend releasing his foot off the country’s throat any time soon.

Al Jazeera

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