Iranian crisis deepens as protests grow

Iranian crisis deepens as protests grow

Iranian crisis deepens as protests grow

President Donald Trump said Tuesday the watching the "brutal and corrupt Iranian regime" amid deadly protests in the country, continuing his public support for anti-government demonstrations.

He was praising the people of Iran for fighting the "corrupt regime" when he attacked the former president. The Iranian people are fed up with the corruption and human rights violations.

But unemployment has remained high since the United States agreed to loosen its sanctions against the country, and "Iranians have not seen as robust an economic recovery as many had expected", according to an October 2017 analysis by Zachary Laub of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Shortly before Trump's comments, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei made his first remarks about the uprising, blaming "enemies" of the country - presumably the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel - for the recent unrest.

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The protests began last Thursday in Mashhad over Iran's weak economy and an increase in food prices, and have expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Regional rivals of Iran and the Western powers are looking at the protests with a hope that it could lead to regime change in the country.

PRO-GOVERNMENT demonstrations have been taking place in cities across Iran after a week of protests and unrest over the country's poor economy, according to state media.

"The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian people today gives hope and faith to all who struggle for freedom and against tyranny", Pence continued.

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Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, used her public platform to recite protesters' slogans and declared that "the people of Iran are crying out for freedom".

The protests have also taken many in the world by surprise as Iran keeps a tight control on the flow of information through its state-regulated media.

Ismaeil Kowsari, deputy commander for Sarallah Base, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unit in charge of security for Tehran, said that for now Iran's police forces are conducting security for Tehran.

Additionally, a French foreign ministry spokesman expressed concern over the "large number of victims and arrests" as a result of the protests.

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"We call on the Iranian authorities to uphold and respect democratic and human rights", said a statement by Global Affairs Canada.

"In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic", he said.

The Iranian government and Rouhani have downplayed the protests, claiming only a "minority" of the population is causing this unrest.

Since then, protests have spread to other cities and turned violent as small groups of protesters have used armed force to attempt to seize police and military buildings.

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Rouhani called out Trump, whom he referred to as "this gentleman in America" in a broadcast on state television Sunday.

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