Iranian protest ebbs with failure to stage strike. Regime swamps rallies with security forces

The nationwide strike which the anti-government demonstrators scheduled for Tuesday, Day Six of their protest, failed to come off for lack of an identified leader to get it off the ground. No work stoppages occurred in any of the big or small towns across the country and the markets were as busy as usual. DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources note that the protest movement is running out of steam – not least also because of its failure to attract essential support from the most powerful classes of society, the intelligentsia, the middle class, the bazaar merchants and the students. By Tuesday night, therefore, the number of rallies had declined by a third and participation by almost half.

Many of the protesters took fright from the menacing words they heard from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday. He accused “foreign intelligence agents” of providing the protesters with “cash, arms and intelligence.” This raised the specter of being arrested for treason and collaboration with enemy agents, charges that carry the death sentence. Other regime officials reiterated that anyone caught attacking or setting fire to government buildings would be executed. This is no idle threat in Iran, which tops world ranks for its prolific and swift executions.
The regime also showed gaining confidence in its ability to weather the upheaval by the way it was handled, DEBKAfile reports. No shooting or violent crackdowns. Instead, after three days, the demonstrators were still free to reach their rallying-points in the town centers, but when they arrived, they met thousands of regime loyalists and police reinforcements waiting quietly there and were often outnumbered.

The regime’s blockage of Internet media had mixed results. Although the Trump administration called on Tehran Tuesday to unblock the favorites, Instagram and Telegram, users had by then found the blockages lifted in many places. This was another sign that the regime was less worried about the outcome of the street dissent than in its early days.  DEBKAfile’s sources stress that the protest movement is by no means finished. Attempts will continue to keep up the rallies. They face their next test on Friday, Jan. 5. If the anti-government movement fails to bring masses out to the streets after Friday prayers, it will continue to fade for the moment. On Tuesday night, America’s UN ambassador, Nikki Haley said a UN Security Council session would be called to discuss the situation in Iran.


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72 thoughts on “Iranian protest ebbs with failure to stage strike. Regime swamps rallies with security forces

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 9:48 at 9:48

    It seems like we in the west always want the collapse of the Iranian regime more than the Iranians do, or at least more than they’re willing to fight for it. We can’t do it for them. They have to want it more than this.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 13:50 at 13:50

      That is because we are free in the West to express our feelings and our desires – in the Islamic Republic of Iran freedom is unknown. The people cannot vote in any meaningful way to oust the creeps in power and they cannot tell the Revolutionary Guard that they do not want their country to start more wars and terrorism and use the wealth of the country to spread vile Islamism and antisemitism.

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:00 at 23:00

        Netanyau is a filth bag Zionist Extremist….he eats children for God’s sake.

        • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:15 at 23:15

          When you begin to foam at the mouth, “Benny is a fraud,” get yourself to a hospital asap – a mental hospital that is.

        • Jan 4, 2018 @ 0:04 at 0:04

          … and shares a bed with Jared Kushner.

          • Jan 4, 2018 @ 16:33 at 16:33

            and then also some camels

        • Jan 4, 2018 @ 7:15 at 7:15

          Try saying something intelligent.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 16:10 at 16:10

      Funny that hijacking a protest to burn down police stations days after the defeat of ISISrael doesn’t have any more popular support in Iran than does bringing back the Shah.

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:03 at 23:03

        Still seething about being a Sharmout’s son aren’t you?

        • Jan 4, 2018 @ 1:01 at 1:01

          Not so much as seething with jealously over seeing America drive human advancement for 150 years, while creating and contributing nothing in that regard for 500 years. An acute mass inferiority complex.

      • Jan 4, 2018 @ 17:14 at 17:14

        There are no good guys in the Islamic camp – the best one can do is work with the least evil. The only good choice for a free, democratic and moral country like Israel is to work in the best interest of its people and security. There are a lot of brainless people in the world who support Islamo-fascism and terrorism – they are mostly on the left. They support hateful regimes who have no legitimacy. Iran was never an Islamic state – the country was stolen from the people by the old Islamic fascists.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 19:44 at 19:44

      But then what would ISR do without an enemy?

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:04 at 23:04

        Same thing that your prostitute mother does on a slow day

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 22:58 at 22:58

      10s of thousands came out to support the country…..but the Zionist extremist filthwont show that….nice Zionist Extremists your day is done..

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:05 at 23:05

        Camel prick LOVER.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 11:01 at 11:01

    “No to Syria”, “No to Lebanon”, “No to Gaza” and “where is the money” ask the people of Iran.
    I hope the flame of hope for the oppressed people of Iran does not go out.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 16:16 at 16:16

      Don’t forget “Bring back SAVAK” and “I Love the CIA”

      Lots of those placards out, too. In English (and Hebrew), of course.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 13:18 at 13:18

    The Geneal Strike was/is a fake News, founded by DEBKA Mossad Desinformation Service

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 16:12 at 16:12

      Even the pictures they used to show the OPPOSITION protests were of pro-government rallies.

      Moosad is pooping itself, scared that their little european settler colony of squatters and thieves is surrounded on all sides.

      Killing some widows and raping some 16 year old prisoners won’t do anything to save it.

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:01 at 23:01

        ISISrael has been exposed and now it starts………911 7/7 …….

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:07 at 23:07

        No one has ever raped your Sharmouta Mother. We have paid her and tipped her well for her service. SHE IS FANTASTIC!!

        • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:59 at 23:59

          You are such a Mudlsilme, “NuttyYahoo Looks Corrupt and Stupid … Again”. My sharmouta dad raped my sharmouta mom right after he got done screwing a camel.

          That’s why I hate you all so much.

          • Jan 4, 2018 @ 0:10 at 0:10

            Year later, the offspring of the camel’s tryst with my sharmoua dad also raped my sharmoula mom.

            That’s me.

          • Jan 4, 2018 @ 0:13 at 0:13

            I’m the offspring of my sharamoo mom’s second rape. My father is half-camel, half shamula arab.

          • Jan 4, 2018 @ 1:15 at 1:15

            I am my own grandpa oink.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 13:56 at 13:56

    This protest has already succeeded in the further unmasking of a brutal regime without freedom. The monomaniacal leaders squander the resources of its 80 million people in a country 1/6th the size of the USA. This is a government from the 7th century following the teachings of a maniac marauder who ruled by the sword and spread his violence through terror. This regime was kept alive by the West that refused to maintain sanctions and instead gave Iran the green light to develop nukes which we all know are pointed at our heads…thanks a lot Obama, the EU and UN (all supporters of sharia and jihad and antsemitism).

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 16:01 at 16:01

    The readers here seem rather frustrated and ununderstandably surprised that the majority of the Iranian people are not eager to end up like Libya, Iraq or Syria. And they do not want to surender themselves to the mercy of Saudi Arabian paid terrorists (ISIS simply does not provide an appealing alternative to present day Iranian society).

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 16:15 at 16:15

      Moreover, Iran just helped Syria to defeat ISISrael. Then, keyboard revolutionaries somehow expected those 80 million people to welcome terrorists into Tehran!

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 19:20 at 19:20

        All Islamic terror groups, be they Shia or Sunni, and all Islamic nations are hateful of mankind and they are anti-human rights and pro- death and evil. They hate the West and Israel because we represent hope and life. Join the good guys and you will drop your jihad and your 7th century conquest in the name of an atavistic supremacist.

        • Jan 3, 2018 @ 22:28 at 22:28

          If those Sunni groups are so evil, why have Uncle Sam and its apartheid settler colony bankrolled them for decades?

          Why allow IDF Comfort Women to fornicate with them in the Stolen Golan?

          Why suck off the Saud family?

          • Jan 3, 2018 @ 22:30 at 22:30

            I can’t answer the first two questions.

            But I sure can answer the third!

            They don’t call him mmmmmmmmMBS for nothing.

          • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:12 at 23:12

            Sometimes we supply the saudi Sava with Camels with large schlongs. For the ‘normal’ savages we transport prostitutes like your mother and sisters to pleasure them.

          • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:30 at 23:30

            Whatever Israel does or does not do (your lies about Israel are wild and childishly asinine), they are angels compared with your Islamic terrorists who make up a significant portion of the 1.6 billion of your fellow jihadists around the world. The Muslims today are brought up to hate mankind and to love evil supremacist beliefs. Yes, Saudi, Qatar, Pakistan, Turkey and Iran and all the Islamic “nations” have blood on their filthy hands! They have killed their own by the hundreds of thousands these past 6 years. “Cannibals” is the word that comes to mind.

          • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:51 at 23:51

            You beloved squatter government supports ISISrael’s mercenaries, Dean.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 17:55 at 17:55

      The “great” Persian “civilization” settles to be lorded over by the cult fantasizing about little boys hiding in well bottoms, again? Apart from coming up with clever new ways for mental defectives to blow themselves up, what has this “great” “civilization” contributed to mankind’s advancement in the last 500 years? Who was their Thomas A. Edison, their Jonas Salk?

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 22:21 at 22:21

        Who is their Moshe Katsav?

        Their Meir Kahane?

        • Jan 4, 2018 @ 0:37 at 0:37

          So the answer is Iran, and places like it, have created and contributed nothing toward human advancement for 500 years, where America has led the way improving the quality and length of human life for a century and a half.

          • Jan 4, 2018 @ 1:20 at 1:20

            Thanks for all the light up shoes–I can finally see my feet, Uncle Sam. And the shakeweight.

            And landfills. Lots and lots of landfills that remind me of my stomach.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 16:06 at 16:06

    My Sharmouta mother, who is Persian, was too busy screwing camels to come and protest.

    I guess she doesn’t like Bibi quite as much as I do. If I can’t hump a piggie, NuttyYahoo is second best.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 16:41 at 16:41

      The Saud family humps the best, though.

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 17:43 at 17:43

        MBS showed me a lot about camels.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 18:44 at 18:44

    He accused “foreign intelligence agents” of providing the protesters with “cash, arms and intelligence.”

    The truth can be assembled from the very pages of Debka. With the IRG a handful of kilometers from Quneitra, some rearguard action was bound to be instigated. Many onlookers expressed surprise at the timing, thinking it too early, before the Olympics, blah blah blah. However the timing was dictated by the Shia aggressors’ astonishing foothold all of a sudden on the Israeli border. Another Debka theme: Israeli leadership’s shocking abdication of the strategic initiative. I look at Netanyahu’s Cheshire cat smile these last few months. There’s either a desire for war and an expectation/willingness to be hit thereby affixing historic first strike culpability to the other side, or else there is indeed criminal dereliction. I say the it has to be the former.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 19:23 at 19:23

    Iranians know that any attempt to change the regime by force will start a civil war worse than the one in Syria. People are changing the regime gradually from within. The best outsiders can do is to step back and wait till it is done.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 20:08 at 20:08

      The families of IRG soldiers still need somehow withdraw their money from the failing banks and find employment for the 40% unemployed youths. The entire country of Iran is a house of cards that a small setback in a foreign land will bring down. The same happened to Imperial Russia in 1917 when it could not feed its population and advance on the front against Germany in WWI. The looming downfall of the Iranian regime has nothing to do with ISIS. The new Iranian regime will be led by Russian type oligarchs, the ideology uniting the 80mln people will still be antisemitism.

      • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:40 at 23:40

        But you have Undeclared NUKES…so stop the whining and the poor me bull..You and only you have NUKES… WTF are you talking about numb nuts ?

        • Jan 4, 2018 @ 14:37 at 14:37

          There is a big difference between good guys with nukes and bad guys with nukes. You speak for the rights of evil regimes to have nukes. Are you Obama by any chance?

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 20:55 at 20:55

    Debka, if you don’t get rid of the damn pop-up advertisement that can’t be closed, I’m going to stop coming to your website.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 22:53 at 22:53

    Its like the end of the GDR in 1989!
    >100.000 People in the streets demonstrating in different cities and a long delay in the orders of the security forces, as they had no clear szenario what to do in such a case.
    Also security forces are not highly motivated to shoot the own people if there are masses and the word of mouth also spreads to them as they are also ordinary people in their private lives.

    Lets hope for the best, a swift regime change with not too much blood wasted.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:42 at 23:42

      Yeah the same in the US hopefully bloodless….

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:20 at 23:20

    Iranian Mullahs had to force people out into the streets and worked through the mosques to defend the Islamic fascist regime…the regime implied that their future employment would depend on showing support for the dictatorship. That is how authoritarians stay in power – through force and threats and torture and hanging people who disagree with their lecherous beliefs and evil power.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:22 at 23:22

    I HATE being the child of a donkey and toothless prostitute. I apologise for letting my frustration and unhappiness at being a born Loser at the people of Israel. If there is a Jewish doctor who can help me with my loser complex and my flea problem I will be forever grateful. Yours in Zionism!

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:53 at 23:53

      I like your name.

    • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:54 at 23:54

      Lots of truth in it.

  • Jan 3, 2018 @ 23:53 at 23:53

    I like your name.

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 0:05 at 0:05

    ISISrael ……your new name and deserving..100%…

    • Jan 4, 2018 @ 14:39 at 14:39

      He stutters a lot.

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 0:09 at 0:09

    Are people in the West allowed to burn banks and public property? Are you free to insult the sanctity of the system? Are they free to attack law enforcement forces with firearms? You do not know anything about the validity of Iran. You just follow the news from the enemy’s media in Iran.

    • Jan 4, 2018 @ 0:28 at 0:28

      The “validity” of Iran? How about the legitimacy of Iran occupying South Azerbaijan since 1946? “Free to insult the ‘sancitity’ of the system”? In America that is free speech. Unlike a 3rd world theocracy, nothing about America’s political system has a religious aura about it that cannot be questioned on pain of death. Maybe that is why America has driven human progress for 150 years, and places like Iran have contributed virtually nothing in that regard for half a millennium.

    • Jan 4, 2018 @ 6:21 at 6:21

      Most of the deaths in iran are protesters, opponents of the ayatollahs and their satanic mahdi, murdered by the ayatollahs gestapo.

      The West should funnel guns, rockets, tanks to the protesters.

      Now is the time to hang the ayatollahs and destroy Fascist Iran.

      Long Live Persia!

      • Jan 4, 2018 @ 7:02 at 7:02

        You’re spouting Moosead $hit, with no basis in fact.

        Nice try. Your thing is done. It failed. The Shah didn’t help you. Nor did the MEK mercenary zealots of the MEK. Learn Farsi, if you want a coup. English hashtags get you nowhere in a real country.

        ran was a bootlicker in 1967 and 1973. This time around, whether you nuke the world or not, Iran will bash you.

        • Jan 4, 2018 @ 17:28 at 17:28

          You’re spouting Fascist Shiite crap, with no basis in reality.

          Fascist Iran had an 8 year war with Fascist Iraq – 1980-1988. 1 million Arabs/Muslims died. That’s Muslims killing Muslims – just as Muslims(Assad/ISIS) kill Muslims in Syria today.

          When Arabs/Muslims can’t get along with each other, there’s a ZERO chance Arabs/Musilms can get along with Infidels.

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 5:57 at 5:57

    Check Wikipedia for the name of inventor of gas laser. He is an Iranian Physicist named Ali Javan

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 6:31 at 6:31

    Iran lost small part of Azerbaijan in 18 centuries was to Russia. Otherwise, Azerbaijan has been always of part of motherland, Iran. Land of Aryans

    • Jan 4, 2018 @ 8:03 at 8:03

      Before making fake claims about which you know nothing, return Palestine to its semitic inhabitants.

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 6:33 at 6:33

    There is no south Azerbaijan. Total nonsense

    • Jan 4, 2018 @ 8:05 at 8:05

      Pathetic distractions, initiated by Moose-ahd to distract from the real thieves.

      Everyone knows who stole the Golan.

      Tick, tick, tick…

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 6:38 at 6:38

    To Marg bar Iran:
    Iran defeated ISIS with all fighters, tanks, weapons, and air support from west in Iraq and Syria. How do you believe it works in mainland of Iran?!

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 6:44 at 6:44

    Check Wikipedia for the name of inventor of gas laser. He is an Iranian Physicist named Ali Javan.

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 6:45 at 6:45

    Iran lost small part of Azerbaijan in 18 centuries wars to Russia. Otherwise, Azerbaijan has been always of part of motherland, Iran. Land of Aryans

  • Jan 4, 2018 @ 9:45 at 9:45

    These protests will go nowhere because Iran has to take a part in a coalition which will invade Israel together with Russia and Turkey. The invasion will take place within next 2 years. ( Check Biblical prophecy by Ezikiel ch.38 and 39 ). Damask will be completely destroyed forever.

    As far as Jews are concerned – they will live in peace. The 3rd Temple will be build in eternal capital of Israel – Jerusalem and will stand forever in the place of an arab temple which will be destroyed. All religions ( except Jewish ) will fall and vanish. All nations will serve ONE G-d. ( not a muslim version ). This is a will of G-d and nothing will stop it.

  • Jan 5, 2018 @ 20:52 at 20:52

    Protests cannot succeed or have not succeeded in Communist countries at least not before the wall fell but they have learned a great deal from that “failure”, lefties and Western liberals believe it is the natural order of things to ruthlessly suppress “counter revolution” which explains why Obama failed to help the purple uprising even with a word after backing the violence of the Muslim Brotherhood, but a fair question would be why couldn’t President Trump have accomplished more? Protesters were killed in Nazis Germany, Moscow, and only a few years ago in Hanoi, Peking, and Tehran and the left rarely objects even out of humanitarian concerns. The real question in my mind is if President Trump had done more like impose more embargoes etc.,. it would be more likely the radical left and pro-Islamists in the USA would have taken to the streets and started burning cars again. Because they actually believe the Ayatollah is a revolutionary, sic.

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