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Pro-government rallies in Iran after days of protest, unrest

Pro-government rallies in Iran after days of protest, unrest

Restoring social media "would certainly be an important thing for them to do", Nauert said.

However, the Iranian exile group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, supporters of exiled Iranian Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi and other activists overseas have sought to keep up the protests' momentum by using social media to spread videos and calls for people to join.

And on Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Iran's "enemies" for stirring up unrest in the country, though he didn't mention Trump by name.

Trump's first reaction came Friday night on Twitter: "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".

In a bid to stall further demonstrations, the authorities block access to online messaging services, including Telegram.

The Trump administration stepped up its support for protesters in Iran on Tuesday, calling on the government to stop blocking Instagram and other social media sites while encouraging Iranians to use special software to circumvent controls. Around 450 people have been arrested over the past three days, according to state media. Numerous protesters are young Iranians exhausted of the lack of economic opportunity in the country. The report said that included 10 deaths during clashes Sunday night when security forces repelled what officials described as "armed protesters" trying to take over police stations and military bases. The seventh protester was killed in nearby Khomaini Shahr.

"I think even Hillary Clinton outlined this when she said that the Obama administration was too restrained of the 2009 protests and said that won't happen again", said Sanders. If the president emphasizes that Iran's future must be determined by all Iranians - including the women, the youth and all religious and ethnic minorities - with no foreign interference, his tweets will be more poignant.

So far, Tehran has not offered any evidence to support that claim, though Iran's opponents throughout the Middle East and elsewhere are looking on at the demonstrations with hope they'll force changes in its theocratic government. Twelve people were killed over the weekend.

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Hundreds have been arrested, and a prominent judge warned that some could face the death penalty.

On December 31, the authorities issue more warnings and officials say 200 people were arrested during the demonstrations in Tehran and another 80 in Arak, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) away. Uttering those words in public is enough to earn you a charge of enmity toward god and a death sentence.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump observed on Tuesday that "The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime", adding that "All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their "pockets".

Contrary to received wisdom, the absolute worst thing that the United States can do for the Iranian people is to stay silent and do nothing. "The US is watching!"

The United States will "use all the information sources at our disposal to be able to get actionable information about who is doing the crackdown, who is violating human rights, who is using violence against protesters and to feed that in to our sanctions designation machinery", the official said. A central part of the political discontent is with a system that says one man - Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, "appointed" by Allah - knows what is best for the country.

"Turkey is concerned by news the protests in Iran. are spreading, causing casualties and also the fact that some public buildings were damaged", the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding "common sense should prevail to prevent any escalation".

A clear message was sent by the Iranian people about the kind of society they want, when they elected President Hassan Rouhani to a second term, with 24million votes.


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