Nine killed in latest crackdown on Iran protests

Jan 06, 2018, 02:09
Nine killed in latest crackdown on Iran protests

The protests could be the beginning of a longer period of unrest, one that could destabilize both the country's elected government and its theocratic leaders.

No figure for the number of protesters has yet been offered for other cities. Unemployment among the youth has reached a record-high of roughly 31%, while approximately 60% of the Iranian population is under 30 years of age.

President Donald Trump begins a series of tweets about the protests: "Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas". "He's not going to want to waive sanctions and keep money flowing to dictators when there are people protesting in the streets", Richard Goldberg, a former Senate Republican aide who participated in designing sanctions against Iran, told Politico. "The world is watching!"

More than 450 protesters were arrested in the capital in the past three days, Tehran's deputy provincial governor said, and hundreds of others were detained around the country.

Reports emerge that authorities in Iran have shut off the internet in some parts of the country.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the protests would end in a few days, a Turkish presidential source said. These protesters, who are flooding the streets and demanding that their voices be heard, are committing acts of heroism that will be felt throughout the world and throughout history.

Bloc says it expects 'right of expression to be guaranteed'.

Khamenei said on his website that he would address the nation about the events "when the time is right". Protests were unrelenting at the end of 1978 and oil workers were eventually motivated by the chaos to deny the military access to fuel to prevent them from killing even more Iranian citizens. Unemployment in Iran is about 12.7 percent, and the cost of basic goods jumped 40 percent in 2017.

The nuclear deal raised expectations that quality of life would improve, and economic frustrations have boiled over, said Karim Sadjadpour, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on the PBS NewsHour.

But he also understood the economic grievances driving the unrest. Iran's government also organized two days of mass demonstrations across the country Wednesday and Thursday as a sign of strength and to reassure those anxious about the unrest.

Watch Milani's full interview in the above video.

Anti-regime protests began in Iran's second largest city Mashhad and quickly spread to become the biggest challenge to the Islamic regime since mass demonstrations in 2009. "The rich now heedlessly flaunt their wealth", emphasizing the economic divide.

Among the slickly produced signs carried at the pro-government rallies were ones targeting Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has blamed the protests on meddling by "enemies of Iran".

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador the United Nations, has called for an emergency meeting of the organization's Human Rights Council - a body the administration has harshly criticized. The CIA joined the British in fomenting a coup against the elected government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh.

"Obama was more concerned with preserving the possibility of an eventual deal on Iran's nuclear program than he was in removing the Iranian regime as a strategic threat or in standing up for human rights".

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations complained about his tweets in a letter Wednesday to the Security Council president.

Those massive protests found support among middle-class Iranians angry over voter fraud in the 2009 election and were led by reformist election candidates.

Iran also accused the United States of inflaming and inciting the protests.

People take part in pro-government rallies in Iran on January 3.

Only time will judge whether the demonstrations will destabilize Iran's autocratic government. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari.

Trump continued tweeting about the Iran protests on Tuesday, writing, "The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime".

Turkey, which, along with the United States and Saudi Arabia, supports Syrian rebel groups, called for restraint.

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