Who is leading the protests?
No one is really ‘leading’ the protests which is why observers are so baffled as to how they have spread so quickly, although social media is said to have played a key part in encouraging more people to join in with the protests. Eye witnesses have told local news stations that the majority of protestors seem to be from poorer villages and rural towns, where oppression is surely felt more.
What will happen now?
Will America intervene?
So far Donald Trump has been quite vocal on Twitter in his support for the protestors, saying in one tweet, “the people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime.” However, given his decision in 2017 to place strict travel bans on Iranian citizens entering the U.S, it seems very unlikely that his support will be deemed credible. Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has called for two separate UN emergency sessions to discuss the situation. Another state official called upon Iran to stop blocking social media footage regarding the protests after it shut down messaging apps to prevent its citizens from informing the outside world about the brutality it was currently facing.