Trump ready to punish Iran's elite guard unit

06 January, 2018, 03:37 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian

Protests were unrelenting at the end of 1978 and oil workers were eventually motivated by the chaos to deny the military access to fuel to prevent them from killing even more Iranian citizens.

"The enemy is always looking for an opportunity and any crevice to infiltrate and strike the Iranian nation". "You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!". In some cases, protesters have attacked police stations and government buildings.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the drop in reports of new demonstrations challenging Iran's government meant the protests are subsiding or that the authorities' blocking of social media apps has managed to stop protesters from offering new images of rallies. Vice-President Mike Pence said on Wednesday the United States wants an agreement lasting longer.

Mogherini stressed the EU's commitment to fundamental democratic rights.

Some 450 people have been arrested in Tehran Province in recent days, the deputy governor-general of the province said.

"We believe that the Western media propaganda are against us and have become accustomed to the same old, interventionist statements by people like Trump and Netanyahu", Erdoğan said, referring to the performance of Western media and statements by senior U.S. officials and the Zionist Regime in promoting the unrest in Iran.

Trump, who considers the Islamic Republic his enemy number one in the Middle East, on Wednesday promised unspecified support for Iranians trying to "take back" their government - ignoring warnings that his intervention could backfire.

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, called on the worldwide community to speak out on the unfolding protests in Iran, saying the US would seek emergency UN talks on the situation.

In response, Khamenei said in a speech: "The American president's foolish remarks against our people show the depth of America's hostility towards the entire Iranian nation".

"When a nation is victorious in a region gripped by tension and chaos, and when this nation rejects the United States' domination and does not care about America's cronies which are in the pay of Washington, and when it stands by the oppressed and against oppressors, it is natural that it will be threatened". Dozens have already been killed.

However, he was likely referring the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and People's Mujahedeen (MEK), a France-based opposition group.




The unrest in Iran appears leaderless and focused on provincial towns and cities, with only small and sporadic protests in Tehran amid a heavy police presence.

Rather, Khamenei has advocated vociferously that Iran needs to stay the course on an economy of "resistance" where indigenous economic capacities are part of the battlefield and individuals sacrifice personal consumer needs in favor of the commanding heights of the state.

Many Tehranis agreed with his assessment.

Rouhani has tried to play down the unrest, which began over economic woes but quickly turned against the regime as a whole.

The head of Tehran's revolutionary court, Moussa Ghazanfarabadi, warned that as violence grows punishments for demonstrators would get "heavier".

Michael Pregent, a fellow at the Hudson Institute and former US Army intelligence officer in Iraq said: "For us, 15 years seems like a long time, for them it doesn't..."

The young are most affected, with as many as 40 percent out of work according to analysts, and rural areas particularly hard-hit.

Rouhani on Sunday acknowledged there was "no problem bigger than unemployment", and also vowed a more balanced media and more transparency.

The reformists were crushed after the 2009 protests, which challenged the reelection of hard-line populist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Thousands rallied on Thursday in support of the government in various towns and cities, including in the northeastern city of Mashhad, where the anti-government protests began last week and extended to other cities.

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