Alireza Nader, a senior international analyst and Iran researcher at the RAND Corporation in Washington, says people have also lost trust in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“The government is viewed as highly corrupt, increasing inequality is seen by the population as really a form of injustice,” he said, adding “this was supposed to be a system that delivered justice to the people after the revolution of 1979 and it has failed.”

Karim Sadjadpour, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said there’s also a push among citizens to secure equal rights for women.

Nader argued women in Iran have been fighting for decades for equal rights, but especially in the last few years, that push has become stronger.