Pro-Government Rallies in Iran After Days of Protest, Unrest

Pro-Government Rallies in Iran After Days of Protest, Unrest

Monday marked the fifth day of deadly protests in Iran, where 21 people have now been killed as Iranians protest the country's economic and political instability.

Fars said there were also protests in the cities of Sari and Rasht in north Iran, and Qom, a city south of the capital Tehran.

It's the first report of a police officer being killed during five days of protests and raises the total number of dead to 13.

Nine Iranians were killed in Isfahan province during anti-government protests on Monday night as security forces struggled to contain the boldest challenge to the clerical leadership since unrest in 2009.

An official in Arak, around 300 km southwest of Tehran, said 80 people had been detained there overnight. "If I come and say "Mr Rouhani, I'm an educated person but I'm unemployed". well, he wouldn't give a damn".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the protests would end in a few days, a Turkish presidential source said.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the country's "enemies" of fomenting violent antigovernment demonstrations that have killed at least 22 people, including a police officer, in the biggest challenge to authorities in nearly a decade.

State TV aired images of burning buildings, as well as an ambulance crew trying to aid a wounded person amid a crowd of shouting people. The statement added, "The Guards also opened fire in the town Tuyserkan, killing one protester and wounding several others". Tehran now sells its oil on the global market and has signed deals to purchase tens of billions of dollars worth of Western aircraft.

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It is feared that the protests and reaction of the regime could become even more violent in the days to come.

Many Iranians are sceptical about how the protests have spread so quickly. Authorities denied it was the result of clashes between demonstrators and anti-riot police. But he said the United States is also prepared to act in support of the protesters. Within hours Telegram said it had blocked access to a popular channel, Amadnews, which Telegram's CEO, Pavel Durov, said had "started to instruct their subscribers to use Molotov cocktails against police".

Some demonstrators were seen tearing down huge street banners of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, who has ruled Iran since 1989.

"I demand all prosecutors across the country to get involved and approach should be strong", he said.

"The people of Izeh city, like some other cities in Iran, gathered in protest over the economic problems, which unfortunately led to the deaths of two people and the wounding of others in the city", Hedayatullah Khademi said.

"There is an extraordinary amount that the United States and countries around the world can do for the people of Iran if they continue to stand up for their own freedom and to stand up for change and to reject the radical ideology that overtook their country decades ago and continues to dissect the wider world through the export of terrorism", he said. Some analysts say it is an indication of their frustration at lack of social freedoms and economic conditions, including high unemployment and rising food prices. The best gift America can give the Iranian people is a digital lifeline, so humanity can witness their fearless struggle and encourage them to prevail.

Trump has voiced criticism of the Iranian regime since protests broke out in the country several days ago, earning a rebuke from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who said Monday that the US president has no right to sympathize with Iran because he has called the Iranian people "terrorists", according to Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

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