Now pro-government marchers have their say in Iranian cities

Now pro-government marchers have their say in Iranian cities

Among the slickly produced signs carried by supporters at Wednesday's pro-government rallies were ones targeting Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday blamed the protests on meddling by "enemies of Iran".

Numerous protest chants are calling for the downfall of the entire Islamic regime, unlike the 2009 protesters who sought to strengthen reformists and work within the system.

Officials said two people were killed when what were described as rioters seized a fire engine and then crashed into two other vehicles.

The anti-government protests broke out on December 28 in Iran's second largest city of Mashhad, initially against price rises, and later expanded to other provinces.

President Hassan Rouhani also called French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to urge him to stop hosting the "terrorist" MEK, which Rouhani accused of inciting violence.

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State TV also said some protesters chanted the name of Iran's one-time shah, who fled into exile just before its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Ms Haley said the accusation was "ridiculous".

She said the U.S. would call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the anti-government protests. Dozens have already been killed. Hundreds have been arrested; the death toll is climbing.

"If the Iranian dictatorship's history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come".

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In his latest tweet on Monday, the USA president said, "The [Iranian] people have little food, big inflation and no human rights".

Even a group of reformist and moderate MPs accused the USA of trying to take advantage of the situation.

Reporting restrictions remained tight, but videos on social media showed seemingly widespread anti-government protests, with attacks on government buildings and a school for clergy in the northwestern town of Takestan on Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized Tehran over four days of demonstrations, said it was "time for a change" and that Iran's people were "hungry" for freedom. 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.

"President Rouhani has nothing to lose by taking a bold step". He has disappointed voters who hoped he would do more to turn round an economy that has been damaged by years of sanctions, corruption and mismanagement.

This time, however, President Trump is supporting the Iranian people. Iran has suffered in the past from foreign interference, so his words will strike a chord among some - and could also signal a much tougher response from the security forces. Hardliners have long opposed Mr. Rouhani's policies, especially his outreach to the West.The current wave of protests has sparked comparisons with the mass unrest in 2009 after the controversial re-election of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Under the agreement, the Islamic republic is permitted to resume nuclear weapons development after ten years. It is not at the moment, so that will make it harder for the protests to be sustained, and they may run out of steam. In a country where women have very few rights, they were daring to stand up, despite the risks.

Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas.

All those cities have seen protests in recent days.

They are the largest since the disputed 2009 presidential election. Authorities also reacted with force to the current wave of demonstrations - at least 21 people had been killed and hundreds arrested as The World Weekly went to press- but so far have refrained from the type of mass crackdown seen nearly a decade ago.

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