Iran's anti-government rally still continues. The massive demonstrations that have taken place first time since 2009, sparked worldwide attention including US Donald Trump who made his comments.
What is the real cause of the anti-government movement in the Shi'ite country? Western news agencies, such as AFP, have said that dissatisfaction with the state of the economy, as the main cause. Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed Iran's enemies as the mastermind behind the rally. This is the first time Khamenei commented on the massive anti-government rally taking place in his country.
In response to Iran's supreme leader's comments, US President Donald Trump said the demonstrations showed that the Iranian people wanted change, and the oppressive regime would not last forever. Through his twitter account, Trump said it was time for a change in Iran.
Whether Trump's statement has justified Ali Khamanei's allegations of Iran's enemies' interference in the protest movement, must yet be explored further.
The protests in Iran have caused some deaths and dozens more injured. The government needs to find the cause of the movement. As the Iranian President said, the protests should not have caused any victims.
Is it true what Donald Trump said, that the rally in Iran will be a moment of change? Only the government and the people of Iran will decide. If the Iranian government can dampen the demonstration in a persuasive way, then it is very likely that the protests will soon be ended.
As is known, Iran has received international sanctions led by the United States, for its nuclear testing activities. In line with that, Iran has also devoted much of its resources to finance its participation in defending the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Iran's support for the Syrian government is a problem for the United States and Saudi Arabia. In the geopolitical perspective, the fall of the government in present-day Iran is certainly decisive for the development of the Middle East conflict. Especially for the end of the Syrian government that has the same ideology with Iran.