Anti Govt Protests in Iran - Dec 2017

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let's see how Iran handles this as the Mullah was very supportive to the so-called Arab Spring. Will he also support the protest currently happening in Iran?
 

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Iranian people are fed up with the Mullah. He has made their lives so miserable, no jobs, no food, drugs, low living standard..etc.
 

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Iranian people are fed up with the Mullah. He has made their lives so miserable, no jobs, no food, drugs, low living standard..etc.
The common man, wants to put bread on the table, feed his family first, have access to good healthcare, and education. When his taxes are being wasted overseas, resentment will rise.

This happening in Mashhad, is no small feat by the way. Mashhad is one the biggest centers of shiaism, and discontent here, says a lot.
 

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The common man, wants to put bread on the table, feed his family first, have access to good healthcare, and education. When his taxes are being wasted overseas, resentment will rise.

This happening in Mashhad, is no small feat by the way. Mashhad is one the biggest centers of shiaism, and discontent here, says a lot.
News coming in of protests in avaz, isfahan, kermanshah, rasht, saari, qazvien, hamadan, qochan. Pls excuse the typos, I'm translating from Arabic.
 

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It seems like the protests have escalated and news about the Mullah being relocated to a military base westside of the country. The mullah should reap what he sows.
 

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Iranian protests: World is watching response, US warns
30 Dec, 2017 -52 minutes ago

The US says "the world is watching" how Iranian authorities respond to anti-government protests that have broken out in several cities.

Thousands of people have joined the protests, with scores arrested.

A White House statement said Iranians were fed up with "the regime's corruption and its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism".

Meanwhile, authorities urged supporters to turn out for nationwide demonstrations on Saturday.

The rallies are commemorating the 2009 demonstrations held in support of the then conservative government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Those demonstrations were in response to protests by reformists over a disputed election which returned him to power.

The BBC's Persian Service says thousands of people were likely to have been bussed into a rally in the capital Tehran.

What was the US response?
"The Iranian government should respect their people's rights, including their right to express themselves. The world is watching," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter.

The tweet later appeared on President Donald Trump's Twitter account.

The US State Department urged all nations "to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption".


What is Iran saying about the protests?
First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri has suggested that government opponents are behind the protests, according to comments reported by state broadcaster IRIB.

He said: "Some incidents in the country these days are on the pretext of economic problems, but it seems there is something else behind them. They think by doing this they harm the government, but it will be others who ride the wave."


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Footage posted on social media showed street protests in Kermanshah

Earlier, Fars news agency reported that protesters in Kermanshah had destroyed some public property and were dispersed.

The governor-general of Tehran said that any such gatherings would be firmly dealt with by the police, who are out in force on the main roads.

Officials in Mashhad said the protest was organised by "counter-revolutionary elements", and video online showed police using water cannon.

How did the demonstrations begin?
The protests started in the north-eastern city of Mashhad - the country's second most-populous - on Thursday.

People there took to the streets to express anger at the government over high prices, and vented their fury against President Hassan Rouhani. Fifty-two people were arrested for chanting "harsh slogans".

The protests spread to other cities on Friday, with thousands turning out in Kermanshah, Rasht, Isfahan and Qom. In Tehran, social media footage showed a heavy police presence.


President Hassan Rouhani is blamed by many for the poor state of the economy
Some developed into broader demonstrations against the authorities, calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to police beatings.

It was the biggest display of public dissent since huge pro-reform rallies in 2009.

What is behind the unrest?
The protests were initially against economic conditions and corruption but appear to have turned political.

Slogans have been chanted against not just Mr Rouhani but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and clerical rule in general.

Demonstrators were reportedly heard yelling slogans like "The people are begging, the clerics act like God". Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.

There is also anger at Iran's interventions abroad. In Mashhad, some chanted "not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran", a reference to what protesters say is the administration's focus on foreign rather than domestic issues.

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President Hassan Rouhani is blamed by many for the poor state of the economy

Other demonstrators chanted "leave Syria, think about us" in videos posted online. Iran is a key provider of military support to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

It is also accused of providing arms to Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which it denies, and is an ally of Lebanon's powerful Shia movement Hezbollah.

Are the protests growing?
There have been calls on social media for protests up and down the country, despite warnings from the government against illegal gatherings.

Demonstrations of varying sizes are reported to have occurred in at least seven cities.

Overall, the numbers said to be taking part range from a less than 100 in some places to thousands in others - but demonstrations do not appear to be taking place on a massive scale.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42519054
 

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Protesters 'shot dead' during third day of demonstrations in Iran
Demonstrators defy warnings by the authorities to avoid 'illegal gatherings'

The National
December 30, 2017
Updated: December 31, 2017 10:44 AM

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People protest near the University of Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Reuters

At least two people were shot dead by Iranian security forces during a third day of anti-government protests in cities across the country, according to reports Saturday citing videos posted on social media.

Footage showed two men lying on the ground covered in blood, according to Reuters. Other protesters in the western town of Dorud were chanting, "I will kill whoever killed my brother!"

Separate videos posted and shared on Twitter showed two men being carried away in Dorud where marchers were seen earlier shouting slogans against Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Another showed an apparently lifeless man being dragged by protesters, the ground left bloody behind him. It was not clear if the footage was all from the same incident.

The protests are the largest since pro-reform rallies of 2009 and have spread to a number of cities. Police vehicles were set alight, posters of the country's leadership pulled down and local government buildings set alight, according to social media, a key source of information with most foreign media barred from the country.

Iran warned citizens to avoid “illegal gatherings” as thousands turned out for state-sponsored rallies staged each year to mark the suppression of the last major round of unrest in 2009.

"We urge all those who receive these calls to protest not to participate in these illegal gatherings as they will create problems for themselves and other citizens," said interior minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

"People who want to hold a rally must file a request and the interior ministry and the provincial governor's office will review it.”

Despite the warning, students and others demonstrated at Tehran University on Saturday. A video shared on social media appeared to show students scuffling with police near the university and chanting slogans against the regime.

The Fars news agency put the number of protesters at "between 50 and 70" — far lower than in other cities on previous days — and said riot police had been dispatched to the scene.

"Unlike other protests in various cities which were against the economic situation and high prices, the one in front of the university of Tehran was political," Fars said.

The students repeated a popular chant of "Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran " — an expression of anger over claims the government is focusing more on regional issues than problems at home.

The authorities appeared to respond by cutting internet access to mobile phones, with the main networks interrupted in Tehran shortly before midnight, according to AFP.

The Telegram messaging app, which has 40 million users in Iran, blocked a channel after the regime said it was encouraging “hateful conduct,” including the use of Molotov cocktails and armed uprising.

Chief executive Pavel Durov said the channel, amadnews, was suspended owing to its “no calls for violence” rule.


The protests against the government broke out in the second Iranian city of Mashhad on Thursday and spread to a number of other cities including Tehran where protesters stoned riot police.

Brigadier-General Esmail Kowsari, the Revolutionary Guards' deputy security chief in Tehran, said the situation in the capital was under control and warned protesters would face "the nation's iron fist" if unrest persisted.

Although the protests were initially focused on high living costs, they quickly turned political and against the government.

People were chanting “Death to the dictator” and “Free political prisoners”.

Witnesses said there were even chants in favour of the monarchy toppled by the Islamic revolution of 1979.

According to Fars, police arrested 52 people in Thursday’s protests, after which US president Donald Trump warned “the world is watching”.

“Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever,” he said in his latest tweet on Saturday.


He had previously tweeted about protests by Iranian citizens “fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism abroad”.

However, Iran’s foreign ministry dismissed Mr Trump’s comments as “irrelevant” and opportunistic”.

"The Iranian people see no value in the opportunistic remarks by American officials and Mr Trump," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on its website.

He said Iranians remembered Mr Trump's actions in barring them from entry to the US and "the arrest of many Iranians in that country on baseless pretexts".

"That's why they see the support of these officials for some rallies in recent days in some Iranian cities as opportunistic," he added.

Footage on Friday showed thousands gathered in the cities of Rasht, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Qazvin and elsewhere, with police responding with water cannons.

Officials were quick to blame outside forces for the unrest.

"Although people have a right to protest, protesters must know how they are being directed," Massoumeh Ebtekar, vice president in charge of women's affairs, wrote on Twitter.

Also on Saturday, pro-regime rallies were held to mark the defeat of the last major protest movement in 2009, which hardliners call “the sedition”.

Since the 2009 protests were ruthlessly put down by the Revolutionary Guards, many middle-class Iranians have abandoned hope of pressing for change from the streets.

But low-level strikes and demonstrations have continued, often on a sector-by-sector basis as bus drivers or teachers or workers from specific factories protest against unpaid wages or poor conditions.

Some of the latest protests were directed against financial scandals linked to unauthorised lending institutions which collapsed with the loss of hundreds of thousands of accounts.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/protesters-shot-dead-during-third-day-of-demonstrations-in-iran-1.691616
 

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