The Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader has said that the popular uprisings in 2009 posed a “great challenge” to the clerical regime, according to state-run news agencies on Wednesday.

Speaking at a gathering of Iranian regime agents in Gilan province a year after the protests, the mullahs’ Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, implicitly acknowledged widespread popular hatred towards the regime and added, “The enemies think that they can drive a wedge between the people and the Islamic establishment.”

NCRI - A year after the nationwide protests on December 27, 2009 (known as Ashura day protests), a number of Iranian regime’s officials have stressed that the uprising’s goal was to overthrow the entire clerical regime and warned that the “sedition” is far from over.

 The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has put its anti-riot battalions on full alert in Tehran following the implementation of subsidy cuts by the regime.

Reports from Tehran indicate that the IRGC has also planned for special emergency landing spots for its helicopters in various Tehran locations.

A member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis (Parliament) has revealed that Majlis deputies refuse to criticizing the mullahs’ President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for fear of losing their livelihood.

Ali Motahari told the state-run Alef in response to a question about the role of Majlis with respect Ahmadinejad’s government, that, “The major difficulty of the eighth round of Majlis is lack of morale and existence of fear.”

The commander of the Iranian regime’s suppressive State Security Forces (SSF) in Tehran, Hossein Sajedinia, has warned that his forces are on high alert, in the latest display of the regime’s jitters over potential uprisings following the recent removal of subsidies.

In a sign of rising tensions and deepening rifts within the Iranian regime, the spokesman for the mullahs’ judiciary has pointed to allegations on financial corruption committed by an ally of Iranian regime President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Gholamhossein Ejei, the spokesman for the regime’s judiciary, said at a press conference on Monday that “there are charges laid against the First Vice President,” referring to Mohammad-Reza Rahimi.

Ashura anti government demonstration- no. 1

Youth lash back at 5 security force agents in Shar e Ray distric

During the mourning rituals of Tassoua and Ashura (the mourning days to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hossein) the residents of Tehran cried their abhorrence toward the velayat-e faqih regime in its totality by chanting anti-government slogans and writing graffiti as well as chanting ‘Allah-o Akbar’ on the roofs.

The Iranian regime has stepped up control in mosques and places of worship as the anniversary of a massive protest in 2009 approaches, according to obtained reports from inside Iran.

The reports indicate that as the anniversary of the December 27 Ashura protests nears, the clerical regime’s agents have become more sensitive towards activities of youths and their visits to mosques and places of worship.

Following the student protests on the anniversary of the arrest of a student and on December 7, more than 30 students at Tehran’s Khajeh Nasir Tousi have been summoned for interrogation by the Iranian regime’s intelligence ministry office on campus (Herasat).

According to the Daneshjou News, during the illegal interrogations, the students were insulted by the director of Herasat, Isa Abbasi, and threatened with expulsion and arrest.

Futile attempt to blame the regime’s international failures on Mottaki in face of the Iranian Resistance

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described sudden dismissal of the regime’s foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, by Ahmadinejad as sign of Ali Khamenei’s loss of hegemony and clout, heightening of internal rift and the result of tremor within the clerical regime in its faltering state.