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Protesters in Iran have grown increasingly hostile to the regime, after a horrific building collapse sparked by corruption and a lack of law enforcement killed at least 34 people.
Since the collapse of a building in Abadan last week, protesters have been reinvigorated following recent protests after authorities imposed massive price hikes on food and other vital goods.
Videos shared on social media showed the anger felt by protesters against the extremist government. Authorities have rallied dozens of peaceful protesters as the death toll from the collapse is expected to rise.
Residents also began blocking highways in protest, video from Iran shows.
“The people of Iran are very clear in their message that they don’t want reforms and don’t believe ‘reformist’ leaders,” Middle East political analyst Lisa Daftari told Fox News Digital. “To them, they have only proven to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. The desires of the Iranian people can be seen in the songs they shout in the streets; namely, they call for ‘death to the dictator’ and to abolish the current regime.
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A video circulating on social media claims to show citizens from the Nazi-abad district of Tehran chanting “death to [Ali] Khamenei,” a reference to the supreme leader of the nation.
The video was widely circulated by the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). Video content has not been verified or authenticated by Fox News Digital.
Khamenei is the highest government and religious authority in the country and holds office for life. He was charged with flagrant corruption and neglect of the public welfare – a charge reinforced by the building’s collapse.
“Although there are many opposition groups both in Iran and abroad, the element that the most popular movements have in common is secularism and democracy,” Daftari continued. “The people of Iran are fed up with religious leaders and think the current regime is ‘the enemy of the people.’ is America. Our enemy is here!”
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Chants and slogans heard at the site of the building’s collapse were directed at regime leaders: “Khamenei is a murderer; his reign is illegitimate”.
“The protesters are denouncing the hypocrisy of the regime; cutting subsidies to people, making basic goods hard to come by, but then pouring billions of dollars into global terrorism by supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas and the Palestinian Jihad in Gaza, the Houthis in Yemen and the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria,” Daftari concluded.
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Protests against the legitimacy of Islamic Republic of Iran continue to sweep across the vast country triggered by a multitude of reasons, including rising food prices, the collapse of the two-tower building and considerable hatred of the mullahs’ regime.
As the protests continue to escalate and spread, US President Joe Biden has remained on the sidelines and not personally weighed in on the revolts against the clerical regime.
Fox News Digital emailed the State Department commenting on the ongoing protests, but so far its silence continues.
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