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More than 1000 students arrested in ongoing Iran protests

More than 1000 students arrested in ongoing Iran protests”

The irony is that the government wasn't the only segment of Iranian society hurt by these measures; so were Iranian civic organizations that had relied on them to help their push for a more open society. His father had taken him to visit the mosque in front of the Fatima Masumeh shrine, one of the holiest sites in Iran, on January 8, 1978.

The state broadcaster showed pro-government rallies in several cities, starting with Amol, in the northern province of Mazandaram, with hundreds of people waving the Iranian flag and chanting slogans against the U.S. and Israel.

When thousands of Iranians streamed onto the country's streets in the last week to protest government corruption and the dilapidated economy, authorities in Tehran reverted to a well-known playbook.

However, without clear leadership - like that seen in 2009 - the future of the movement and its direction remain uncertain. Iran has witnessed a week of violence, and the protest seems to stem from Iranian economic stagnation.

"Although this blind sedition was so small that a portion of the police force was able to nip it in the bud. you can rest assured that your comrades in the Islamic Republic's army would be ready to confront the dupes of the Great Satan [United States]", Maj.

The Revolutionary Guards were founded during the 1979 Islamic Revolution that overthrew the US-backed shah.

According to HuffPost, the uprising of 2009 was led in part by defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. The protests were sparked by a hike in food prices amid soaring unemployment. Twenty years ago university students marched against the government in the streets and they killed students and it was stopped.

The rage over such privations stems also from a growing perception of Iran's ruling elite - a combination of clerics and politicians buttressed by the Revolutionary Guard - as corrupt, with accusations of embezzlement and cronyism common.

In theory, Iranian internet users could switch to Signal, another encrypted messaging application that offers a higher level of security than Telegram, to bypass government controls.

"And let there be no doubt whatsoever: The US stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation".

Foreign Minister Zarif called "the US' naked attempt to hijack" the UNSC mandate another example of Donald Trump's "foreign policy blunder".

Haley's remarks initiated the push for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC). The application employs end-to-end encryption, which promises a measure of privacy from government spies, and has a popular channel feature that allows large numbers of users to sign up to receive news and other information.

Scepticism increased when some prominent Iranian figures such as the former crown prince, Reza Pahlavi, and the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi asked the US to increase pressure on Iran.

But it is important to note that the Green Movement suffered that fate against a backdrop of international silence. There's a reason Westphalian nation states agreed to the principle of non-interference in the sovereignty of other states.

IRGC chief Mohammad-Ali Jaffari also blamed "the US, Zionists and Al Saud" for acts of "sabotage and blasts".

"The protests are symptomatic of long-standing grievances that have been left to fester", an intelligence official told VOA on condition of anonymity. Parliament is already seeking to overturn an unpopular fuel tax that was tucked into the president's recent budget. It grew the following day and gathered support from merchants in the bazaar who joined the shutdown.



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