Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

USA condemns arrest of anti-government protesters in Iran

Boris Johnson 'concerned' as two protesters were reportedly killed in astonishing anti-Government demos sweeping Iran USA condemns arrest of anti-government protesters in Iran
Ray Hunter | 30 December, 2017, 03:39

However, he noted that a call for "No to high prices" protests had been circulated on the messaging app Telegram.

The protests have continued even as anti-riot units of the State Security Forces were stationed extensively throughout the city.

"If the security and law enforcement agencies leave the rioters to themselves, enemies will publish films and pictures in their media and say that the Islamic Republic system has lost its revolutionary base in Mashhad", IRNA quoted prominent conservative cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda as saying.

"The slogans quickly changed from the economy to those against (President Hassan) Rouhani and the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)", the resident said by telephone.

Political rallies are rare in Iran, but demonstrations are often held over economic issues such as layoffs, nonpayment of salaries, and price hikes.

In Mashhad, Iran's second most populated city, police confronted the demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas. He added that if people want to show their anger by amassing in large numbers they should seek permission from the authorities first. Protests were also held in at least two other northeastern cities.

USA condemns arrest of anti-government protesters in Iran
USA condemns arrest of anti-government protesters in Iran

Some demonstrators also called for an end to Iran's involvement in the Syrian civil war, where it backs President Bashar al-Assad, as well as for the state to stop using public funds to support Shi'ites in Lebanon and Palestinians against the Israeli occupation. "Forget Syria, think of us" read the protesters' banners.

Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, a close Rouhani ally, suggested that hardline opponents of the president may have started the protests.

Jahangiri also warned that such moves will have consequences for the initiators, saying the initiators of the political protests will not be able to control the situation when these movements grow larger. "Those who are behind such events will burn their own fingers".

The economy has improved since the landmark 2015 nuclear deal lifted sanctions on the country, but the effects have yet to trickle down to ordinary Iranians.

He has succeeded in bringing inflation down to single digits - from highs of more than 40 percent under his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Out of a total Iranian population of 80 million, some 3.2 million are jobless, according to official data.

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