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The Uprisings of 2018

The uprisings, demonstrations and protests by the people against conditions impacting their rights, lives, survival and future, have already started in 2018.

In Iran, protests and demonstrations across that Islamic Republic continue today since starting last Thursday in opposition to tight economic and political conditions. Impromptu protests, according to the BBC-News, have been witnessed in the large cities of Tehran and Mashhad to included other Iranian cities and towns like Zanjan, Abhar, Tonekabon, Karaj, Arak, Shahrekord, Izeh, Bandar Abbas, Khorramabad and Kermanshah.

Reports indicate that some 12 people have died and upward of 400 have been arrested as Iranian authorities close down sections of social media in an attempt to quell the protests. 

Describing the protests and criticisms as an opportunity and not a threat, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has said that his people are free to protest, but not violently. Yet, a crackdown by the strict Iranian forces continue against the mainly male youthful demonstrators.

This 2018 uprising is the largest anti-government demonstration seen in Iran since the Green Movement rallies of 2009 when 30 people were killed and thousands arrested to suppress dissent of the government.

Iran has suffered under a strict Theocratic government and a faltering economy brought to wrought by years of international economic sanctions as punishment for its nuclear ambitions. Its outlooked appeared high with the signing of a nuclear agreement between the country and the international community in 2016. However, conditions have not gotten better fast enough for many Iranians, thus the present protests.

The social protests playing out in Iran are not restricted to that nation. Conditions in a number of jurisdictions deteriorated enough in 2017 to raise the likelihood of mass uprisings in 2018. Spain, the United States(US), the United Kingdom(UK), Myanmar, Venezuela, Russia, Hong Kong, Peru and Poland, among others, are not immune to social unrest in 2018.