I found this excerpt particularly important:
During the previous wave of anti-regime demonstrations in November, the anti-riot squads, known as Basijis, virtually deserted, leading Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to send them to barracks without arms.
“They had to hire 3,500 people, paying them $400 each per day, in order to crack down on the November demonstrations,” Sazegara told Newsmax. “We have succeeded in destroying the Basij force as it has been known until now. Today, it is only a name.”
A senior Revolutionary Guards commander for Tehran announced on Saturday that he had ordered his troops to give flowers to student demonstrators on Monday.
Today, December 7, is another anniversary that the regime tries to use to stage pro-government, anti-Western rallies. Lately, all such holidays have been hijacked by the opposition who are using them to stage massive anti-government protests. Since the regime calls for people to come out onto the streets these days in solidarity with the Islamic Revolution, it is more difficult for them to crack down on gatherings of people. These dates are also known by all Iranians so there’s minimal need to try spread notice about when protests will happen, as all the people understand that the regime’s holidays are when everyone is gathering.