Iranian General Raps Trump's Support for Rioters

Michele Moreno
January 2, 2018

On Monday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to double efforts to resolve Iran's economic problems, unemployment and inflation, Fars agency reported.

State TV said six rioters were killed during an attack on a police station in the town of Qahdarijan.

It says all were shot by hunting rifles.

It was unclear if this was the same fatality as that reported by Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency on Monday.

He criticized the Iranian regime's response to the protests and also blamed European governments for watching "in silence" as the protests turn violent.

The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, some 215 miles south of Tehran, the capital.

The protests have become the biggest test for the regime since demonstrations following the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Reporting restrictions remained tight, but videos on social media continued to show widespread anti-government protests in many areas.

Pointing to a humiliating defeat that enemies suffered in their recent attempts to hijack the peaceful rallies in Iran, the general said the evil American and Zionist plots against the Islamic Republic have been hatched while the U.S. itself saw various public protests against Washington's policies and measures in 2017.

On Sunday, Iran blocked access to Instagram and the popular messaging app Telegram used by activists to organize.

Thousands of Iranians hit the streets Thursday in the northeastern cities of Mashhad and Kashmar to protest rising commodity prices and perceived government mismanagement, according to local media reports.

"The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years". They are hungry for food and for freedom.

The overall death toll after six days of unrest has reached 20 people, according to state TV.

The EU has also pushed Iran to guarantee the right to protest.

'We regret the loss of life that has occurred in the protests in Iran, and call on all concerned to refrain from violence and for worldwide obligations on human rights to be observed, ' he said.

"This man who today in America wants to sympathise with our people has forgotten that a few months ago he called the nation of Iran terrorist".

Iran's intelligence ministry released a statement saying "instigators" have been identified "and will be dealt with seriously soon".

A university student takes part in a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police on Saturday.

Other reports by Insurance News

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