Iran Regime Top Officials Point to Chaos in Their Ranks


By Amir Taghati

The Iranian people’s widespread discontent towards the ruling clerical regime is continuing and the regime is realizing that its tactics to silence the people into submission are not working. The people are very clear in their demands for regime change and they have been highly critical of the regime’s key figures including President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. During recent protests and demonstrations, people have been heard chanting “Down with the regime” and “Death to Rouhani” and “Death to Khamenei”.

The regime has realized that threatening the people into silence or suppression of people through imprisonment and torture is not working. Rather, it is making the people even more defiant.

The regime has always known that the people of Iran are strong and resilient but it has never been inclined to admit it until very recently.

Faeze Hashemi, the daughter of the now deceased former President of Iran regime, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, spoke to media about the situation in the country and said that the country’s policies need to be updated and that Iran is becoming increasingly isolated.

“We cannot run the country with policies dating back to the first years after the 1979 revolution (…) the status quo has become so critical that Mr. Mesbah Yazdi (a high-ranking member of the regime close to Khamenei) says we have less than five friends across the globe,’ she said and pointed to the stagnating situation: “We must accept the fact that we made mistakes. If the policies were correct in the past, they’re not so now. We have no other choice.”

Mostafa Tajzadeh, acting Minister of Interior under administration of the regime’s former President Mohammad Khatami, said that the Supreme Leader is at the center of the problem. He said that the revolution became a dictatorship and it rendered the political system useless.

“The first and biggest mistake of all (…) was including the supreme leadership position in the constitution (…) the revolution steered away from being a republic to more of a despotism. In the constitution, we have provided vast authority to the supreme leader, without holding the individual accountable (…) This is enough to make the entire political system completely ineffective,” he said.

Not long ago, it would have been unheard to hear top officials speaking out against the regime. But this just goes to show that the leadership of the country is in tatters. There is no coherence and it is in a desperate situation.

A former officials of the Ministry of Intelligence, Ali Younesi, said: “I advise those in the Intelligence Ministry not to stand against people. Inside the country, be very careful to avoid taking measures against people.”

However, it is too late for such advice. There is nothing the regime can promise that would make the people of Iran change their minds. They want freedom, equality, human rights and respect and they know that they will never get it from the clerical regime.