Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran's Rouhani, Turkey's Erdogan talk protests

Iran's Rouhani, Turkey's Erdogan talk protests

He was praising the people of Iran for fighting the "corrupt regime" when he attacked the former president.

Obama's failure has been criticized by his successor, President Donald Trump.

An Iranian government spokesman, lashing out at US support for the protesters, insisted that Iranian citizens enjoyed the right to free speech and assembly unlike in other Middle Eastern countries allied with Washington. US handling of protests in Iran reveals its political motivations, especially when compared to USA silence in regards to massive demonstrations in Honduras against contested presidential elections, in which state forces have killed at least 30 protesters.

English-language broadcaster Press TV broadcast yesterday's pro-government rallies live, saying they were to "protest the violence that has taken place over the last few nights in cities".

Those massive protests found support among middle-class Iranians angry over voter fraud in the 2009 election and were led by reformist election candidates.

The Iranian people who were originally protesting widespread corruption in the Regime, rising food prices, economic difficulties, are now calling for the country's unelected ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to resign.

"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.

Although protesters were warned by the head of Tehran's Revolutionary Court that they could potentially face the death penalty, unverified reports from activists on social media showed videos displaying protests from various locations across the country. Looks like they will not take it any longer.

All Iranian officials with whatever political persuasions have insisted the people's right to protest should be recognized.

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

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is also keeping a close eye on the anti-government protests.

"In recent events, enemies of #Iran have allied & used the various means they possess, including money, weapons, politics &intelligence services, to trouble the Islamic Republic", he tweeted.

The protests began on December 28, sparked by Iran's flagging economy and a rise in food prices, before morphing over the following days into calls for the downfall of Iran's theocratic government.

While Khamenei did not single out who Iran's enemies are, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, accused the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia as being behind the riots, according to Reuters.

"The enemy has always been waiting for an opportunity and a breach to enter and hit a blow to the Iranian nation", Ayatollah Khamenei said in a speech Tuesday, according to FARS.

People stand near a burning vehicle in Tuyserkan, Hamadan Province, Iran, December 31, 2017 in this still image taken from video.

Twenty-one people died in six days of protests sparked by Iran's economic problems, which spanned several cities.

Rouhani pushed back on Trump's remarks, saying the U.S. president had no right to sympathize with protesters because he "called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago".

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