This is a clear indication that people cannot be endlessly misled and intimidated. Iranian youth and women, who are suffering most from absence of perspective for dignifed life and work, are among the first to challenge the clerical dictatorship. The current demonstrations show also a different quality in putting the blame directly on the highest leaders, on the president Rouhani and supreme religius leader Khamenei. It is remarkable that Iranian citizens perceive the connection between Tehran's continued military expansion in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and their dramatically worsening living standards at home.
Today, it is time to finally draw lessons from the massive demonstrations against the 2009 election fraud, where the Western democracies lacked resolve to side with the Iranian people.