By Abdollah Pakatchi
February 8th, the anniversary of Iranian people’s revolution which toppled the shah has just passed. This event that was aimed to create a brighter society for the Iranian people, was, in fact, hijacked by the Mullahs.
In recent years, the government celebrations have almost been boycotted by the Iranian people. Even scenes of the gathering shown on state TVs reflect the regime’s “bankruptcy”. More than three decades rule of mullahs on Iran has brought nothing for its people, but executions, economic recession and government’s suppression. The regime has named the celebrations as ten days of “Fajr’ – meaning victory- but the people call it ten days of “zajr” which is equivalent to the English word torment.
The Iranian regime celebrates Feb. 8th anniversary every year, claiming it was Ayatollah Khomeini who toppled the Shah and his royal dictatorship. But People, who made the real sacrifice to bring the shah down, almost boycott the ceremonies held by the government. People see their revolution as being hijacked by the Mullahs.
The state television could not hide the people’s unwelcome. Khamenei and Rouhani both could not bring many people into the scene. CNN TV reported the number of the crowd as only a few thousands, comparing to the millions who came out in the first years after the revolution.
There is also news of the Iranian youth’ protests against these sham celebrations.
News coming from inside Iran signifies people’s anger and disdain. The following are just a few examples:
On Monday Feb, 10th, in Naderi area of Ahwaz – south of Iran – a Bassij and IRGC motor cycle parade was stopped by a sudden traffic jam deliberately made by the youth, causing them to crash into each other. At least 20 of them were injured and sent to hospital.
Other news concerns two young persons who were arrested by suppressive guards, on Feb. 11th, while tearing apart a regime banner. Tearing government banners for Feb 8th anniversary has almost become routine in Iranian cities.
People‘s protests are associated with the increasing conflicts within the different sections of the government. This is a government which has lost the support of its people and is struggling to maintain its power.