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Though this current regime may even one day come to a blistering end, I fear the worst for what may come next while there’s no true direction.

By Shadi Bozorg The progression of events leading up to Iran’s Dec. 2017 into Jan. 2018 protests cannot be described in simplified terms. Easy as it is to tweet messages of support for the freedom-fighters in the streets, it’s vital to comprehend what’s really going on. As always, there’s much more to these protests than what the media has chosen to show us. As the days have unfolded, I, a woman born in Tehran currently living in Canada, have been struggling with how to feel about it all. My first seriously bad gut feeling kicked in as soon as the Trump administration became a sudden fan of the same Iranian people they’ve repeatedly banned from entering America. One wonders what motives really exist there, but war happens to come to mind first. The history of Iran’s politics is deeply complicated and often misrepresented. Like any country, corruption has existed in the creases of the nation since it’s conception. However, since the downfall of the Shah (The King) and the uprising of an Islamic regime run by Ayatollahs and Mullahs, the people of Iran have lived without any true liberty. The Shah’s regime was as unethical as any nation led by a King can be, but the uprising against him created an opening for an even more deeply corrupt, silencing, and ruthless leadership to be put in place. The Islamic Republic of Iran was born in 1979 and continues on today. Countless people were murdered, tortured and put in jail fighting against the new rule, but they ruled nonetheless. Today, Iranian citizens are no longer willing to accept the current landscape; prices of food are at all time high, unemployment is at record levels, and life has become increasingly more difficult to sustain. Despite the government’s ruthless and well-known torture tactics and murder rates, an uprising has come underway. This has been viewed as a virtuous change on the horizon, hope for a better future.

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