Women at the forefront of protests in cities across the country
30 December, 2017, 03:38 | Author: Marjorie Miles
Mrs. Rajavi called on all the people, especially the youth and women throughout the country, to join the "No to High Prices" uprising, saying that "the corrupt dictatorship of the mullahs will undoubtedly fail against your national unity and solidarity, resistance and continuity of your rightful uprisings".
Thousands of Iranians took to the streets throughout the country on Thursday to protest against the deteriorating economic situation. Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.
"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", the state news agency IRNA quoted Alamolhoda as saying.
Hundreds of Iranians protested in the northeastern city of Mashhad against the rising cost of food and other essentials, with local authorities saying an unspecified number of people had been arrested.
In Qom, a fearless young woman confronted the security forces and protested beating of youths.
Purely political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are omnipresent.
Some social media videos showed demonstrators chanting "Death to Rouhani" and "Death to the dictator".
A rally is also scheduled planned for tomorrow in Tehran to mark the anniversary of massive government-sponsored demonstrations in December of 2009 that followed a crackdown and months of unrest after the contentious presidential elections in June of that year.
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.
Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, a Rohani ally, suggested that hard-line opponents of the president may have started the protests in Mashhad. "They think they will hurt the government by doing so".
Egg prices in Iran had doubled since last week, due to the government's culling of millions of chickens diagnosed with avian flu, a government spokesman said on Tuesday. About 3.2 million Iranians are jobless, out of a total population of 80 million.
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