Trump supports the Iranian people's struggle

Saturday, 06 Jan, 2018

All those who are at odds with the Islamic Republic have utilized various means, including money, weapon, politics and intelligence apparatus, to create problems for the Islamic system, the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution.

"The enemy is always looking for an opportunity and any crevice to infiltrate and strike the Iranian nation".

The Iranian regime has moved to squash protests by cutting off communication and moving to block social media platforms, as it did nine years ago during the "Green Movement" of 2009.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department urged Iran to stop blocking online social media traffic in the country and said its citizens could set up virtual private networks to circumvent censorship.

A member of the Revolutionary Guards was killed in nearby Kahriz Sang and a passer-by in the town of Kahriz Sang - all in the region around the cultural centre of Isfahan.

Official and semi-official media offered no new reports of anti-regime protests, which have claimed 21 lives in the last week.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini late Tuesday deplored "the unacceptable loss of human lives" and called on "all concerned to refrain from violence".

Oil markets will be watching carefully to see if the Donald J. Trump administration uses Iran's repression of its own people as a reason to refuse to issue the waiver to keep the United States from violating the terms of the nuclear deal or if the USA president-once again-refuses to recertify Iran's compliance with the deal, kicking the issue back to a reluctant Congress. Markets will be looking for any signs that US action will make it more hard for Iran to sell its oil or to raise new oil and gas investments in the Iranian industry.

Washington will seek emergency sessions at the United Nations to express support for the protesters, Haley said, adding that the worldwide community had failed to support reformist protests in 2009 that were crushed by Tehran.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the Iranian people "are crying out for freedom". "Peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression are fundamental rights that apply to every country, and Iran is no exception", Mogherini said in her statement. "They can put more security forces, more revolutionary guards in the streets but no force will stand against the will of the masses who chose to bang on the door of freedom with their bloodied hands". That was the clearest sign yet that authorities were taking the protests seriously. Dozens have already been killed. Arrests are in the hundreds. 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.

Rouhani pushed back on Trump's remarks, saying the United States president had no right to sympathize with protesters because he "called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago".

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GETTY ENEMIES President Rouhani claimed that ‘enemies’ are trying to destabilise the country

The protests could be the beginning of a longer period of unrest, one that could destabilize both the country's elected government and its theocratic leaders.

Tweeting about Iran last week, Trump again blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for botching the country's relationship with Iran, referencing the nuclear deal, and warning that the United States would be looking for any human rights violations.

Many Tehranis agreed with his assessment.

The unrest has also further increased tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Pro-regime rallies have also been held, reflecting continued support among a large conservative section of society.

Musa Ghazanfarabadi, the head of Tehran's Revolutionary Court, in turn warned that the ringleaders of the protests would face harsh punishment.

All Iranian officials with whatever political persuasions have insisted the people's right to protest should be recognized.

The young are most affected, with as many as 40 percent out of work according to analysts, and rural areas particularly hard-hit. However, he has also vowed to crack down on "lawbreakers".

In 2009, authorities ruthlessly put down protests against the re-election of hardliner 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.