Why the Iranian uprising won't die

Claudine Rigal
Janvier 14, 2018

However, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned during a UN Security Council meeting on Friday that Iran has been put on notice that the world is watching how Tehran handles the ongoing anti-government protests.

Indeed, protesters not only focused on Rouhani's failings but also called for an end to rampant corruption and, in some places, radicals demanded the overthrow of the clerical regime and the ouster of the "dictator", supreme guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a proposition regarded as treasonous.

"CNN and other media outlets largely covered the Revolutionary Guard leader's statements, and this is not in the favor of Iran's reputation, as it is known that the authority to speak on protests lies with the police and is announced through the interior ministry only, not the Revolutionary Guard which has more serious responsibilities". She said the demonstrations were a "spontaneous expression of fundamental human rights" against an "oppressive government" that prioritizes militias and terror groups abroad over its own people.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) remained divided to discuss the situation in Iran and most UNSC members criticized the United States for exploiting the issue.

A report by the Iranian Students' News Agency quoted Mahmoud Sadeghi, a reformist member of parliament, as saying that "many of them were not involved in protests". Another FP blunder for the Trump administration.

After visiting Tehran in 2013, I wrote that the Iranian capital seemed suspended somewhere between Pyongyang and Los Angeles.

Tehran allocates billions of dollars in revenue from oil and gas to meddling in the regions, including assisting the Assad regime in Syria, the Lebanese Hezbollah, Shiite militias in Iraq and the Houthis of Yemen.

Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi on Thursday urged her compatriots to take up civil disobedience and continue marching in the streets. Both the regime and demonstrators should be made constantly aware that the world's attention is fixed on them.

People take part in pro-government rallies, Iran, January 3, 2018.

"Why has the United States resorted to such a move today, when the internal political situation in Iran has normalized?" he asked. The sign of a successful policy response will be its ability to survive either eventuality.

The Iranian Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani demanded a "strong action" from "all prosecutors". Rouhani could become the man to break the disastrous grip of the conservative clerics on Iran. "Doing so does not help resolve the domestic issue of Iran". The suppression of the Green Revolution in 2009 shows the disastrous price of silence.

Geopolitically, Iran is supported by Russia, while the United States backs the Sunni-Israeli coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

"If the people of Iran have something to say, it's about economic problems".

In Tehran, Iranian activists said the riot police violently broke up a sit-in demonstration at the intersection of Muniriya Street and Javed Street by the families of detainees demanding the release of their relatives arrested during recent demonstrations.

Amid social media calls for anti-regime protests in Tabriz, security forces are inspecting buses and interrogating match goers, local sources added.

He also accused the White House of using the events in Iran as a false pretense for scrapping a deal that requires Iran to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. They reported virtually nothing about the much bigger demonstrations in 2009, but they gave front-page exposure to the current protests on the first day of the demos. No dishonest attempt to call protesters 'puppets of foreign powers' will change that.

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said his country hoped the meeting could "work as a preventive measure to avoid further escalation of violence".

Iran's prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, alleged Thursday that an American CIA official was the "main designer" of the demonstrations.

"The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years", he tweeted earlier this week.

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