Ordinary Iranians took their grievances against the Tehran regime Tuesday to the country’s parliament as a result of what they say are the regime’s plundering of their savings and its corrupt policies, Fox News reports.
According to a report and videos from an Iranian opposition group, there were more than 2,000 people protesting outside the country’s parliament, known as the Majlis, shouting slogans against the regime: “Shame, shame on the police force!”, “Death to the dictator.”, “Death to the demagogue.”
Upon police arresting female protesters, the crowd, it reported, shouted more antagonistic chants against the regime.
“You are ISIS, you are ISIS, death to ISIS, let them go.”
U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech on the Iran nuclear deal emboldened protesters last week after he said that his administration stood in solidarity with ordinary Iranians.
According to various reports, protests started over a financial scandal where thousands of people trusted their life savings with government institutions only to lose it or not be allowed to collect on it. The protests started in 2016 but have become increasingly political this year.
Many of the investments are reportedly run or tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which was recently designated through the Department of Treasury for its terrorist activities by Trump.
“I will kill, I will kill the one who killed my brother,” the protesters are reported to have shouted as the police moved into arrest them. Protesters, the NCRI report said, had thrown rocks, wood and other objects at the police.
As the police surrounded the protesters they broke through police barriers and were joined by many bystanders, all this as a motorized unit was deployed. The protesters responded, it said, by pelting the police with rocks.
Protesters also criticized the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeq Amoli Larijani, who was appointed to a 10-year term by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The protesters called out “Larijani is a judge. He is the playmate of the thieves,”, according to the NCRI report.