What you REALLY need to know about the protests in Iran

Iran Protests, Attrib: Cheri Berens
Iran Protests, Attrib: Cheri Berens

The protests in Iran that began on December 28th, 2017 troubled many people in Egypt and the region. They recognized familiar aspects that had fooled the West during the protests of the “Arab Spring” and which resulted in aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda in their takeovers of Egypt, Libya and Syria.

The protests in Iran began as legitimate protests demanding an improvement to economic hardships, but immediately turned violent. Groups of 20-50 young men appeared inside the protests and they torched cars, smashed storefront windows and vandalized the streets. This is identical to what happened in Egypt and Syria in 2011, so this behavior sent a shudder of skepticism regarding who might be behind the instigation of the unrest.

Video of the protests went viral, but the numbers of protesters were exaggerated. There were also false videos released. One such video was of the enormous protests that had occurred in Bahrain in 2011. This video went viral, making millions of westerners falsely believe the Iranian protests were huge and represented the majority of Iranians.

Just as in Egypt and Syria, the Iranian protests against economic hardships had quickly turned into anti-government protests, primarily due to the infiltration of militant males. But, just as in Egypt and Syria, pro-government, counter-protests immediately formed. Though there were more pro-government rallies, and their numbers were higher, few media outlets reported on them.

This is identical to what happened to Egypt and Syria: western media only reported a distorted version of the “anti-government” protests.

In Egypt, Twitter was shut down during the violent protests. Why? Because the Muslim Brotherhood were telling their Youth members where to pick up weapons (specific mosques and other locations). In Iran, Twitter was shut down briefly for similar reasons, but this act was vilified instead of explaining the reasoning.

To further take your attention away from what was really happening, the focus went to women removing their veils. While this received well-deserved attention, pointing out that women’s groups in America promote the headscarf, and thereby misguide Americans regarding the oppression surrounding the veil and headscarf, these isolated cases of removing the headscarf were few in number, and most did not take place in Iran.

During the peak media frenzy, an Iranian oil pipeline was bombed. While westerners were distracted with veil removals, various terrorist acts were taking place – unreported by western media. This is what happened in Egypt and Syria. Media would glorify isolated events, making them appear to be the goals of the majority, while ignoring other more critical events taking place.

Ansar al-Furqan (Supporters of the Quran) exploded the oil pipeline. Ansar al-Furqan is an affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria. The group announced that they carried out the attack to further “destroy the economy.” The main strategies of Sunni terrorist groups are: destroy the economy, create unrest over economic hardships, then use this unrest to overthrow the government.

The Ansar al-Farqan Brigade inside Iran is comprised mostly of Wahhabi militants called Baluchi. The Baluch people are spread throughout southern Iran, Afghanistan and western Pakistan and are anti-Shi’a.

In 2011, Muslim Brotherhood in the “Arab Spring” countries announced that they wanted to purge the Shi’a populations in their countries. They also said they wanted to impose Islamic Law in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, with the ultimate goal of uniting those countries under a Caliphate. They also stated that they wanted Damascus, Syria, Baghdad, Iraq, and Cairo, Egypt to be the capitols of the new Caliphate, just as they were during the “Golden Age of Islam”.

Starting in the 1980’s, one of the main strategies of the Muslim Brotherhood has been to create a fake “unrest”, which would gain a small spattering of followers from within the country. Large numbers of Muslim Brotherhood Youth would then be infiltrated into the protests, who would then create “clashes”. These clashes were for the sole purpose of instigating fights with police, in order to falsely demonize police.

This strategy was put in place in the 1980’s, but was even more successful during the 2011 “Arab Spring”. The violence and destruction of public property caused security police to enter, resulting in intentional clashes with police, and then the Brotherhood’s Youth Militias would take over the protests. Though the Brotherhood would start the violence, the entire blame was then placed on security and military police.

In Egypt, the civilians who were shot in Tahrir Square were not shot by security police as western media reported. No, Muslim Brotherhood snipers had fired from the rooftop of the American University in Cairo, and it was they who killed the protesters that kick-started the “revolution” which resulted in a militant takeover. But the key weapon in the 1980’s, and even more so during the 2011 Arab Spring, was the media.

Media control began in the 1980’s when Muslim Brotherhood members in Hong Kong, Paris, Bonn, Brussels, Vienna and Ankara made announcements via the media outlets in those cities, stating that Syrian “protesters” had taken over the government (a lie). They then made announcements that members of the Syrian Army had defected and joined the takeover (another lie). This was done to try to gather support from average Syrians, but mostly it was done to fool the West into backing a fake civilian-based takeover.

Almost identical events took place in 2011 in Egypt, Syria and Libya. But in 2011, the Brotherhood now had control over most American media outlets to help them spread the propaganda and lies.

The latest reports in western media is that the protesters are mostly “university students”. This was the most successful strategy used during Egypt’s “revolution”. Western media focused on Tahrir Square being filled with “university students”, thereby making the “revolution” appear to be a Youth Movement for democracy. But the reality was that Tahrir was filled with radicalized Youth who had no intentions of forming a democracy.

Right now, in the U.S. media and talk shows, there is talk of helping the “opposition”; i.e. helping these “university students” to overthrow the Iranian government, even arming them. Sound familiar?

People who lived through the “Arab Spring” and its aftermath, fear that the protests in Iran are yet another excuse to interfere and cause the removal of a government. But people in the region are asking: Who exactly will replace the government?

Many thousands of Sunni insurgents, including ISIS and al-Qaeda members, have left Syria and Iraq, and have been funneled into Iran over the last several months. ISIS has not been destroyed, they simply relocated. Iran has regions where Sunni Kurds, Azeri and other Sunni factions reside. ISIS and al-Qaeda are recruiting these Sunni Muslims to form an army that can be used to destabilize Iran, and set it up for takeover.

At the start of the Iranian protests, Iranians reported that large numbers of “armed protesters” entered the protests. These groups of armed men then tried to overtake government buildings and a military area. Though the “protests” may have begun with a legitimate motive, as in the “Arab Spring” protests, they were quickly overrun with militants with their own agenda.

Police attempted to stop the violence and the property damage. Yet as in Egypt and in Syria, security police were demonized. This strategy works well to promote Western support of the insurgents. I ask you: if Antifa came into your town and began destroying local businesses and public property, even attacking a military armory to gain weapons, would you not want the police to stop them?

In Egypt, Syria and Libya, when the West began backing the violent “protesters”, with media participation that demonized the police and government, the result was a violent takeover that caused the deaths of many thousands of innocent people. The end result was billions of dollars wasted on arming and training Islamist militants, the creation of ISIS, and the spread of worldwide Sunni Islamic Terrorism.

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Cheri Berens lives in Egypt working as a researcher for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. She experienced Egypt’s 2011 and 2013 revolutions and witnessed the Muslim Brotherhood takeover and violence that followed.