Iranian soldiers
Iranian soldiers (VICE News/YouTube)

Protests have swept Iran in the last few days, leading to clashes with security forces and the first three protester deaths reported on Dec. 30, 2017. The state TV report said 10 were killed during clashes Sunday night, Dec. 31, 2017, without elaborating.

Videos have emerged from inside the country showing protesters in the streets and the government has sought to shut them down by warning against "illegal gatherings." Train service and schools were ordered shut on Dec. 30, 2017.

The antigovernment protests were sparked by a surge in prices of basic food supplies such as eggs and poultry. Demonstrations quickly spread to many cities where protesters have been chanting slogans against the Islamic establishment and the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

They began in earnest on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in a series of cities across the heartland of Iran. They spread on Friday to at least a dozen cities and continued on Saturday, reaching Tehran.

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Iran's regime has alleged that social media has been used to spread the protests. A variety of chants have been heard in videos of the protests. These include "Death to the dictator." They have called on the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to step down and also spoken out against economic woes and inflation.

The protesters have targeted government involvement in Syria, calling on the government to "leave Syria, and think about us," and also condemned the government's obsession with supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Videos show protesters ripping down posters of Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who is in charge of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp's operations abroad. They have also removed posters of the Ayatollah. At Tehran university they condemned the "oppressive" government on 30 December 2017 and protesters chanted, "Independence, freedom, Iranian Republic." 

We beg of you to intercede for Iran's oppressive leadership to crack and fail as they have opposed Israel and Jerusalem and are quickly trying to prepare for war against Israel on its borders with armies and groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Syria, Lebanon and the Revolutionary Guards. Iran is the world's leading sponsor of terrorism.

Remember 1 Peter 4:7: "The end of all things is near. Therefore be solemn and sober so you can pray."

Barry Segal is the founder of Vision for Israel.

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