Video Shows Iranians Defying Regime by Refusing To Trample on American Flag


Iranian protesters refused to walk on large U.S. and Israeli flags painted on the sidewalk at a university in Tehran in footage posted on social media over the weekend.

NBC News reported the scene took place at Beheshti University.

“This appeared to be a symbolic gesture, given that walking on, or burning, these flags has been a feature of previous demonstrations,” the news outlet reported.

BBC journalist Ali Hamedani said the protesters’ actions are an indication the Iranian regime’s anti-American, anti-Israel indoctrination has failed.

“At the height of the Iranian establishment anti Americanism, Tehran Beheshti university’s students refused walking over the US and Israel flag while participating in #IranProtests,” Hamedani tweeted.

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“They all grew up to hate the two countries but seems like the revolutionary ideology is failed,” he added.

Iranian reporter Masih Alinejad tweeted, “Watch how Iranian students refuse to step on American & the flag of Israel.

“This should embarrassed Iranian regime & their propaganda funeral for #Soleimani where people were told to chant ‘Death To America,'” Alinejad wrote.

“Now people in Iran chanting ‘Death to Islamic Republic dictatorship.'”

The Jerusalem Post reported, “A few people who did walk over the flags were booed by protesters in the area with chants of ‘Shame on you,'”

“Some reports said that the protesters near the flags chanted ‘Our enemy is in Iran, not America.'”

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President Donald Trump responded to the gesture by the Iranian protesters, tweeting on Monday, “Wow! The wonderful Iranian protesters refused to step on, or in any way denigrate, our Great American Flag.”

“It was put on the street in order for them to trample it, and they walked around it instead. Big progress!” he added.

There is also footage on social media of posters of Qassem Soleimani being torn down.

“A couple of brave protesters brought down the poster of #Soleimani which had been displayed all over the walls of towns in Iran by the regime’s authorities,” the Twitter account Iran Revival posted.

On Saturday, Trump posted the most popular Farsi tweet in history, which received over 360,000 likes.

“To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you,” the tweet said in English. “We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.”

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One of the protesters told NBC News by phone Monday that the Iranian government shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet and then lying about it to the public for days sparked the demonstrations, but are not the sole cause.

“Our protests were about all of the irresponsibility of the regime, not just the plane. The plane was the trigger of this protest,” said Elhan, 29, who did not want her last name published.

She added that demonstrators “just want a true democracy … we are so angry and sad.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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