Iranian leaders on foreign hand in protests

07 January, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Samuel Hayes
  • Protesters gather in Tehran as unrest spreads across Iran

"The reality is the Iran nuclear deal was so ill founded because... by only being a ten-year agreement, it virtually guaranteed that they would develop a nuclear weapon after that ten year period of time", Pence told the Voice of America.

That doesn't mean USA politicians can't sympathize with the concerns of young, disaffected people in Iran or that the US can't penalize Iran when it believes that country has misbehaved.

Social media videos purport to show clashes between protesters and police in several areas. President Donald Trump has thrown moral support to the protesters in tweets and has promised more concrete backing, floating possible new sanctions against Iran if it violates human rights in cracking down. But the regime crushed those protests in a brutal crackdown in which at least 30 people were killed and thousands were arrested, tortured, and imprisoned.

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 protest movement's leaders remain under house arrest years later.

Despite a billion dollars released to Iran by the United States, inflation is worsening and unemployment remains high among young people.

Khojastepour said the death of the two civilians on Saturday night in the city of Dorud in Lorestan, adding that the authorities wanted to disperse the demonstrations peacefully, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

The Iranian protests have spilled beyond the borders as hundreds demonstrate in front of the Islamic republic's embassy's across Europe. None of the peaceful protests in Iran this past week appear to have received that permission. The world is watching!

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English-language broadcaster Press TV broadcast yesterday's pro-government rallies live, saying they were to "protest against the violence that has taken place over the last few nights in cities".

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.

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.

They also denounced Iran's theocratic leaders: "The people are begging". If those reforms were blocked, "it will be clear to the Iranian people where the problem lies, positioning Rouhani as a motor for change rather than a bulwark against it". When those Iraqis rose up against Saddam, U.S. forces didn't come to their aid. 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. However, the Iranian exile group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, supporters of exiled Iranian Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi and other activists overseas have sought to keep up the protests' momentum by using social media to spread videos and calls for people to join.

"We warn the U.S. against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state news agency Tass.

James Phillips is the senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

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