May 23, 2018

Trump tweets criticism of 'brutal and corrupt' Iran regime

14 January 2018, 04:57 | Glen Norman

Trump tweets criticism of 'brutal and corrupt' Iran regime

At least 29 killed as anti-government protests in Iran continue

"Already yesterday, it was calmer than before", said Naserbakht, adding that no request had yet been put to the Revolutionary Guards to intervene in the capital.

"We no longer consider them as protesters demanding rights, but as people targeting the regime", he told the conservative Tasnim news agency.

People took to the streets in Mashhad on Thursday to demonstrate against poor economic conditions in the country, but the unrest quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole.

Iran's government has blocked access to social media to disrupt the spread of information about the antigovernment protests, which are the biggest challenge to authorities in Tehran in nearly a decade.

"(The Saudis) have blatantly said that we will create problems in Tehran". "The watching!"

His declaration came after major rallies by regime supporters.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei breaks his silence on the events, saying Iran's "enemies have united and are using all their means" against the regime.

"Look at the recent days' incidents", he said.

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First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri suggests hardline opponents of Rouhani's government may be behind the demonstrations.

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AFP journalists reported a heavy police presence still on the streets of central Tehran, along with a large number of Revolutionary Guards.

On December 31, the authorities issue more warnings and officials say 200 people were arrested during the demonstrations in Tehran and another 80 in Arak, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) away.

Telecoms Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi said Telegram would only be unblocked if it removed "terrorist" content.

Obama's muted support for Iranian protests in 2009 has also appeared to play a role in the Trump administration's' more vocal response.

"The enemy is always looking for an opportunity and any crevice to infiltrate and strike the Iranian nation".

Haley similarly portrayed the protests as a way for Iran's "long-oppressed" people to fight back against the regime.

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But they also urged the authorities to address economic grievances.

In the past week, there were echoes of the mass demonstrations that flared in 2009 after reformist political candidates were defeated in disputed presidential election: women pulling off headscarves, fist-pumping crowds, chants against Khamenei.

The head of Lebanon´s powerful Tehran-backed Hezbollah movement Hassan Nasrallah said that "there is nothing to worry about and what happened in Iran is well contained".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for further violence to be avoided.

Many Iranian Americans are hoping for a peaceful resolution and reform.

Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to mend the economy and ease social tensions, but high living costs and unemployment have left many feeling that progress is too slow.

The young are most affected, with as many as 40 percent out of work according to analysts, and rural areas particularly hard-hit. But so far numerous protesters appear to have been poor, unemployed people who are struggling to feed their families. But to really understand what is happening in Iran, you only need to listen directly to the voices of the Iranian people. Surely foreign meddling might exist, but unless there is something rotten in the state of the economy and politics of a country, no "outside agitator" can wreak the kind of havoc we now see in Iran.

The Obama administration deliberately excluded other deep disagreements with Iran from the deal, reasoning that its threat would be much worse if it were able to race to a nuclear weapon in a matter of months. "They want to see their demands, what they voted for, fulfilled". Protesters took to the street to denounce to corruption and rising prices of goods, as well as the country's "involvement in conflicts" in the Middle East, according to global media.

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A regional official confirms that two people were killed in clashes in the western town of Dorud during an "illegal protest".

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