Now the longest-running anti-government protests since the 1979 revolution, the current protest movement has also been costly with more than 500 deaths. 2 protestors have already been executed and dozens of others face the same fate. Those who have been detained say they were tortured including facing several mock executions. Loving Father, we thank You for Your mercy towards Iranian people. May those in power and authority also hear Your voice say, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (The Bible, Luke 6:36).
Source: Iran protests: ‘No going back’ as unrest hits 100 days (BBC)
Formerly known as Persia, Iran retains its identity as one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. They have maintained their language, culture, and Shia interpretation of Islam. In recent years there has been an increasing internal divide between hard-line and moderate Muslims. Internationally backed US sanctions have taken a significant toll on the economy resulting in protests on the street and greater dissatisfaction with the Islamic clerics. Protests were brutally squashed, only fuelling the tensions. The COVID-19 virus has ravaged the nation, further exposing the government to criticism, however, elections that took place this year returned a hard-line government to power. The evangelical church has continued to see incredible growth. House churches carry great influence and their growth has resulted in ongoing arrests and restrictions on Christians.