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Trump tweets criticism of Iranian government

14 Janvier 2018

Iranian state TV broadcast footage of pro-government demonstrations across the country Wednesday in a move apparently aimed at trying to restore calm following days of deadly violent protests.

Trump in a Tweet on Tuesday called the Tehran government a "brutal and corrupt regime". Trump wrote in the post. But analysts said it could also send the wrong message about United States support for Iran's people in the middle of the boldest challenge to the leadership in a decade.

Pic: ReutersLONDON: Iran's Supreme Leader on Tuesday accused enemies of the Islamic Republic of stirring unrest, as anti-government demonstrations that began last week continued.

Hamidreza Abolhassani, the head of the region's justice department, told a local news agency the person had "been trained by European intelligence services and was leading the rioters". He did not specify the nationality of the detainee.

Iranian state television says security forces have repelled "armed protesters" who tried to take over police stations and military bases.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has called on the Security Council to hold an emergency meeting over the protests and government actions.

Precedent suggests that Trump will renew the waivers this month, but nothing is certain, according to Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who noted that failing to do so could "send a message that the U.S. is not keeping its terms of the deal".

Hari said the protests spreading throughout Iran right now are distinct from the instability that has gripped producer nations like Nigeria and Libya, where militants have directly targeted oil infrastructure to achieve their political aims. "The 2.3 million barrels a day that Iran exports I think are quite safe right now", Kupchan told CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Tuesday.

"We believe that there should be meaningful debate about the legitimate and important issues the protesters are raising and we look to the Iranian authorities to permit this", Johnson said in a statement.

The Iran nuclear deal went through two years ago, and citizens are angry that it didn't solve the country's economic problems.

Inflation and unemployment, especially among younger Iranians, are on the rise. In recent months, some provincial cities have also witnessed protests over lost savings and deposits in illicit credit institutions.

Iran also violently suppressed the 2009 mass protests that followed the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a crackdown that saw thousands detained, dozens killed and others tortured.

Two demonstrators were killed during a protest in western Iran late Saturday.

Iran's global foes, led by U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile are ratcheting up the pressure.

"The regime's argument that the world is against us is a constant for 38 years", Takeyh said in a telephone interview.

Goldstein said the US was not only supporting the protesters but encouraging other countries to do the same.

He said the cause of death wasn't immediately known.

"The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. This is the precise picture of a long-oppressed people rising up against their dictators". Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves.

The president's tweets in support of the protesters were a good start. But to really understand what is happening in Iran, you only need to listen directly to the voices of the Iranian people.

There are also equally fearless acts of non-violence and civil disobedience. The demonstrations soon spread to other cities throughout the Islamic Republic, including the capital of Tehran.

The fact that protesters in Tehran are seen chanting "Death to Khamenei" in a video uploaded on January 1, even in the direct presence of security forces, shows a level of anger and frustration that we have not seen before.

The unrest appears leaderless and focused on provincial towns and cities, with only small and sporadic protests in Tehran on Monday evening where a heavy police presence was reported.

Protesters also asked why the country was spending a lot of money on conflicts elsewhere in the Middle East when people were suffering at home.

Some demonstrators were seen tearing down huge street banners of Khamenei, who has ruled Iran since 1989. While these elites benefit, the youth unemployment rate is 24 percent. The movement is most commonly referred to on social media as "Protests Everywhere".

Trump tweets criticism of Iranian government