Remember back in December when the Iranian people took to the streets chanting things like “Death to Khamenei” and “Down with the dictator”?
Those anti-government protests were pretty bold, and several journalists say they’re ramping up again today, with crowds in the streets chanting, “Death to Palestine” — not what we’d usually expect.
MUST-WATCH: Crowds in Iran are chanting "Death to Palestine!" Not to Israel. Not to America. But to Palestine.
Hamas and Hezbollah and Palestinian Jihad can kiss their Iranian funding goodbye if the regime falls. https://t.co/XM5CFAvjEH
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) June 25, 2018
Hi man. What’s the explanation? Resentment at subsidy of the Palestinian territories or something else?
— Tim Montgomerie (@montie) June 25, 2018
Yes. For most Iranians, Gaza is a meaningless abstraction. The thinking is: Why is our oil money going there instead of feeding us here?
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) June 25, 2018
To reporters everywhere: Please pay attention to what is happening in Iran now. I know foreign bureaus are almost non-existent these days, but keep a close eye on this story – and report it. https://t.co/l3cRsfxy1C
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 25, 2018
Iranian protesters chanting, 'Death to Palestine!' The MSM won't report this because they side with anti-Israeli factions the great majority of the time. They have panels on Trump's dietary habits and his wife's shoe choices, but not on unrest in Iran. https://t.co/nfRfKagHIU
— Nancy (@mzappropriated) June 25, 2018
"Not Lebanon, not Gaza. My life is devoted to Iran."
"Death to Syria."
"Palestaine, [and] Syria, is the cause of [our] misery."
"Death to Dictator."
"Death to Khamenei."
"Reza Shah, blessed be your soul."
"Long live the Shah!"
"O honorable Iranian, support, support"
— Bardia W Asadi (@BardiaWAsadi) June 25, 2018
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) June 25, 2018
Videos posted to social media showed protesters chanting: “Death to Palestine,” “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon” and “Leave Syria and think of us.” Chants of “We don’t want the ayatollahs” and “Death to the dictator” were also heard at some rallies.
The demonstrations indicate widespread anger at the regime for spending billions of dollars on regional proxy wars and supporting terrorist groups, instead of investing it on the struggling economy at home.
In recent years, Iran has provided financial aid to Palestinian terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Yemen’s Houthi rebels and Shiite militias in Iraq. Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Tehran has poured a reported $6 billion into propping up president Bashar Assad’s government.
Sounds like the kinds of people we should be giving pallets of cash, huh?
Hopefully, President Trump will find a moment to tweet support to the protesters.
In what may be a Transformative Step to Free #Iran from #Khamenei and the failing economy, protesters in the streets, malls and Parliament shouting Death to #Palestine, Help us, not #Gaza," and Leave #Syria alone. It’s all about helping the people of Iran, not the dictatorship. pic.twitter.com/uV3WzorLkU
— Ben (@benghand) June 25, 2018
Today Iranian chanted "Leave Syria and think of us", " Death to Syria", "Death to Palestine", "No to Gaza! No to Lebanon! I give my life for Iran"
People tell the regime & the world that they are tired of regime's military adventures & support for terrorism. https://t.co/BbKg4HpnR9
— Saeed Ghasseminejad (@SGhasseminejad) June 25, 2018
Good thread of videos from Iran's protests today. Slogans include "Death to the Dictator and "Our misery is because of Syria, Palestine … Let go of Syria; think about us." A major Iranian victory/defeat against Portugal today could further fuel popular agitations. https://t.co/0klUcJcigo
— Karim Sadjadpour (@ksadjadpour) June 25, 2018
(Obviously, he means a victory or defeat in the World Cup, where Iran faced Portugal Monday.)
Iranian mullahs: death to America, death to Israel.
Iranian protestors: death to Syria, death to Palestine
— Marwan Hisham (@marwanhishampen) June 25, 2018
The economy has #Iran's people out on the streets today but the regime's hypocrisy is what is underlying their disenchantment. Protestors are shouting "Death to Palestine," and making references to the regime's support of Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. #IranProtests #FreeIran2018
— Lisa Daftari (@LisaDaftari) June 25, 2018
Today in #Iran Tehran Grand Bazaar merchants and other shop owners closed their shops and marched toward Parliament to protest rising inflation. People are chanting "DEATH TO SYRIA" and "DEATH TO PALESTINE" this time around! #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/8txKjgb2UZ
— Ted Niki (@Ted_Niki) June 25, 2018
— Juliane Helmhold (@julianehelmhold) June 25, 2018
Gonna be flat-out honest with you
I am not comfortable with "Death to Palestine" chants.
I just want the fighting to end. https://t.co/aQaWI7Nyx5
— Nathan burger (@NathanWurtzel) June 25, 2018
'Death to Khamenei': Anti-government protests continue in Iran https://t.co/0kdiT34tTD
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 30, 2017