Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Protests in Iran: Beyond the Tweets, What Trump Should Do Now

Protests in Iran: Beyond the Tweets, What Trump Should Do Now

The local governor said the protesters were armed.

"It is better for him to try to address the USA internal issues like the murder of scores killed on a daily basis in the United States during armed clashes and shootings, as well as millions of the homeless and hungry people in the country", Ghasemi said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

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The Iranian protests have spilled beyond the borders as hundreds demonstrate in front of the Islamic republic's embassy's across Europe. Vice-President Mike Pence said on Wednesday the U.S. wants an agreement lasting longer.

He did not name the enemies but Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, said the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia were behind the riots.

Hopefully, through internal opposition and American support, a new and democratic Iran may emerge.

Ms Haley continued: "The freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter are under attack in Iran".

Since the protests began up to 400 people reportedly have been arrested, including 200 in Tehran on Saturday night.

"If the Iranian dictatorship's history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come".

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He said the "people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime". I was visiting Iran during the Green Movement, where people were protesting against the rigged election and chanting "where is my vote".

Even a group of reformist and moderate MPs accused the U.S. of trying to take advantage of the situation.

Unconfirmed video footage on social media showed protesters and security forces on the streets of the city of Hamedan; flash bombs or grenades being thrown in Rasht and street fires in Karaj.

A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran's weak economy have swept into Tehran, with students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the clerical establishment. But the protests might soon be quelled, dissolve into competing camps led by rival leaders, or be hijacked by hostile anti-Western forces, as numerous Arab Spring revolts were hijacked.

Chants were heard all over the nation, such as "Death to Hezbollah", "Leave Syria alone, think about us instead."The third element was that these demonstrations had an economic aspect as well.The Iranian people were chanting about how they were living like beggars.Another element that made these recent protests so ground-breaking was the exceptional role played by women".

In his first intervention, President Rouhani warned on Sunday that violence would not be tolerated at the protests. Iran has suffered in the past from foreign interference, so his words will strike a chord among some - and could also signal a much tougher response from the security forces.

Under the agreement, the Islamic republic is permitted to resume nuclear weapons development after ten years. It is not at the moment, so that will make it harder for the protests to be sustained, and they may run out of steam. Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves.

Some protesters may also have objected, as Trump claimed in one of his tweets, to the fact that their wealth "is being stolen and squandered on terrorism". After a cut, demonstrators are seen coming to the aid of another protester, who appears seriously wounded. Authorities also reacted with force to the current wave of demonstrations - at least 21 people had been killed and hundreds arrested as The World Weekly went to press- but so far have refrained from the type of mass crackdown seen nearly a decade ago.

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