Zarif to Trump: Iranians have right to vote and protest

07 January, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Tear gas appeared to have been fired at protesters at the University of Tehran

Iran is failing at every level despite the awful deal made with them by the Obama Administration.

"If we all get united, I have no doubt that the people will support us", he said. They are hungry for food & for freedom.

To the editor: Trump tweeted that Iranians "are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered".

Fars also said protests on Friday struck Qom, a city that is the world's foremost centre for Shiite Islamic scholarship and home to a major Shiite shrine.

While several senior officials said there was concern that prolonged unrest would damage the legitimacy and influence of the country's religious leaders, few insiders see the unrest as an existential threat to that leadership, which has ruled since the 1979 revolution and is now controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ultimate authority in Iran's system of dual clerical and republican rule.

"Big protests in Iran".

The past week's protests have been the largest in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election, which ended in bloodshed.

Meanwhile, at least 200 protesters were arrested on Saturday in Tehran on charges of causing conflict and destroying property, Tehran city government security official Ali Asgar Naserbajt said.

Iranian state media yesterday aired pro-government demonstrations in cities across the country after a week of protests and unrest over the nation's poor economy - a move apparently seeking to calm nerves amid clashes that have killed 21 people.

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Analysts have suggested hardliners in Mashhad organized the protests against their rival Rouhani, but that the protests then unexpectedly spread into a backlash against the entire regime. The demonstrations appear to have caught Iran's leadership off guard. Despite now being able to sell oil on the worldwide market after the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran faces rising inflation and high unemployment. A recent increase in egg and poultry prices by as much as 40 percent, which a government spokesman blamed on a cull over avian-flu fears, appears to have been the spark for the economic protests.

Hundreds of students and others joined a new economic protest at Tehran University, with riot police massing at the gates as they shut down surrounding roads. Iranian state television said Monday that security forces repelled "armed protesters" who tried to take over police stations and military bases, without elaborating.

It's entirely appropriate for President Trump to offer support for peaceful protesters in Iran and to demand that the government there respond with restraint.

"He will be a lame-duck president and Khamenei will have more power". Lawmakers in both parties have also expressed support for the protesters.

Some of the new protests have specifically denounced the regime's extensive corruption and its costly involvement in regional conflicts, such as those in Syria and Iraq.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the drop in reports of new demonstrations challenging Iran's government meant the protests are subsiding or that the authorities' blocking of social media apps has managed to stop protesters from offering new images of rallies. "The clerics act like God".

 Iranians have taken to the streets to voice their anger at economic inequality and the government's policies. "The watching!"

Where will the protests lead? "All the protesters are not guided by foreign elements; a number of them are the people who came to the streets due to their problems".


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