Anti-government protesters marched on the streets in numerous cities across Iran. CNN stated that anti-government protests are rare in the country. The nation’s government warned the masses against conducting illegal demonstrations. The Iranian government has shot several protestors.
The protests began on December 28, 2017, in a suburban city northeast of Mashhad. By the following day, the demonstrations then reached cities in other parts of the nation. Mashhad is one of the holiest places in the Shite faction of the Islamic world. On the third day, the police had arrested dozens of demonstrators and fired tear gas to dismantle the angry masses.
In an interview with the semi-official Iran Labor News Agency, an Iranian Ministry of Science Official said that three students were arrested in a demonstration that occurred outside of Tehran University on December 30.
Iranian First-Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri reported that demonstrations are taking place in Iranian cities such as Arak, Kermanshah, Qazvin, Karaj, Khorramabad, Sabzevar. The protests also occurred in Tehran, which is the Mid-Eastern nation’s capital city. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported many arrests.
On December 30, the Fars News Agency (FARS), a semi-official news agency, reported that Jahangiri said that the government would work harder to solve social hardships in Iran. The statement was issued 48 hours after the rare and massive anti-regime protests numerous cities in the country, as Iranian anti-government demonstrators began to march.
U.S. officials warned the Iranian government that the world is watching. CNN reported that President Donald Trump and Washington also advised Tehran to recognize the protestors’ rights.
Jahangiri claimed that the protesters had used the economic problems as a pretext to hurt the government. After his statement, FARS reported that he did not acknowledge the protestors when he issued the statement.
An Iranian Ministry Spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said that his nation considers the United States’ support of the demonstrations as deceitful. The ministry spokesperson stated that the U.S. Federal Government is very duplicitous when it comes to their dealings with Iran.
Qassemi said that the U.S. officials’ utterances against Iran are unacceptable, less than worthy, and insignificant. He stated that his people have no respect for American officials or President Trump.
The Ministry Spokesperson added that the Iranian people are the central pillar in the country’s modernization. They are also vital to the country’s safety and security.
Members of the mobs demanded that the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei resign from his position as head of state.
Drastically rising gasoline and food prices in Iran are the motivation of the masses to protest and march against the Islamic-fascist authoritarian government. The protests are the most significant public reaction of displeasure since the nation’s Green Revolution in 2009.
By John A. Federico
Edited by Cathy Milne
CNN: Iran’s Supreme Leader faces rare display of public anger
TeHRanTimes: Iran denounces U.S. support for protests as ‘duplicitous’, ‘worthless’
The New York Times: Iran Confronts 3rd Day of Protests, With Calls for Khamenei to Quit
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