Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Latest On The Protests In Iran

The Latest On The Protests In Iran

Obama's failure has been criticized by his successor, President Donald Trump. The Iranian people are fed up with the corruption and human rights violations.

He also said the U.S.is looking out for human rights abuses.

But Iran's establishment was clearly caught off guard by the speed and ferocity of the protests - the largest outpouring of opposition to the state since the disputed 2009 presidential elections. Undoubtedly high on his list is the U.S., where President Donald Trump has tweeted his support for the protests.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday reportedly placed the blame for the protests on Tehran's enemies, Reuters reports.

Tens of thousands of Iranians today took part in pro- government rallies in several cities across the country.

Many Iranians resent the country's costly foreign interventions in places such as Syria and Iraq, and want their leaders to create jobs at home, where youth unemployment reached 29 percent a year ago.

He said the "people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime".

"The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian people today gives hope and faith to all who struggle for freedom and against tyranny", Pence continued.

Washington will seek emergency sessions at the United Nations to express support for the protesters, Haley said, adding that the global community had failed to support reformist protests in 2009 that were crushed by Tehran.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran | STR  AFP via Getty Images
An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran | STR AFP via Getty Images

The report read: "Some armed protesters tried to take over some police stations and military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces".

"We all know that is complete nonsense", Haley said on Tuesday.

Many of those protesting appear young and unconnected to the educated, politically connected middle-class who poured into the streets to challenge the reelection of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

In an apparent attempt to stave off more unrest, the authorities began blocking access to photo-sharing and online messaging services on mobile phones, including Telegram, which the government accused of being used to foment violence, local media and Telegram's CEO said.

The protests began late last week over economic concerns, according to reports, but have moved toward anti-government demonstrations. "All those who are against the Islamic Republic - those who have money, those who have the politics, those who have the weapons, those who have the intelligence - they have all joined forces in order to create problems for the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution", he said.

Rouhani insists people are "absolutely free" to express their anger but "criticism is different to violence and destroying public property".

Violent demonstrations have rocked Iran since Thursday last week, leaving more than 20 people dead, with protests that started over the economy turning against the Islamic regime as a whole.

Rouhani pushed back on Trump's remarks, saying the USA president had no right to sympathize with protesters because he "called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago".

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