Iran Crisis: 15 Dead as Anti-Government Protests Continue

Iranian protests all across the country Photo: Twitter Screenshot
Iranian protests all across the country Photo: Twitter Screenshot

The ongoing massive anti-government protests in Iran have claimed 12 lives according to local Iranian media.

Iran has braced the biggest anti-government protests since 2009 that has been continuing all across the country for the fourth night.

Thousands of protesters joined the continuing anti-government protests that began on 28 December against the high cost of living in various cities.

Thousands of Iranian took to the street to demonstrate against the rising price of living cost which seemed entirely financial at the beginning.

The demonstrations, however, quickly turned into anti-government rallies. Thousands of more protesters joined the ensuing protests against the government.

The State TV of Iran has reported the death of 10 people who were killed in several cities during the ongoing protests. The State TV also aired the footages of damages caused by the anti-government protesters.

The State TV of Iran has reported that more than 400 people have been detained across Iran in the ongoing anti-government protests.

Instagram and Telegram Blocked

Iran has blocked access to Telegram and Instagram ‘as a security measure’ to control the massive protests against the government.

Iran’s Irib news report said, “With a decision by the Supreme National Security Council, activities of Telegram and Instagram are temporarily limited.”

The blockade on the social media has so far failed to control the anti-government protests that have been continuing for the fourth night.

‘The world is watching’

The U.S. has warned Iran against human rights violation amid the ongoing anti-government protests in the Middle Eastern country.

The U.S. President Donald Trump said, “Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism.”

“Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!” President Trump added.

Earlier the U.S. warned Iran against violations of civil rights that the “world is watching.”

The State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said, “the U.S. strongly condemns arrest of peaceful protestors in Iran, urges all nations to publicly support Iranian people.”

Canada said it was “closely monitoring” Iranian protests and urged “on the Iranian authorities to uphold and respect democratic and human rights”.

“Canada is encouraged by the Iranian people who are exercising their basic right to protest peacefully,” the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.

“Canada will continue to support the fundamental rights of Iranians, including the right to freedom of expression.”

Iranian President Rouhani Comments

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Iranians have rights to protest. He also warned the protesters that violence is unacceptable.

“People have the right to protest, but those demonstrations should not make the public feel concerned about their lives and security.”

“It should be clear to everyone that we are people of freedom. According to the constitution and citizens’ rights, people are free to express their criticism and to protest,” Rouhani said in televised comments.

President Rouhani lambasted Trump in a televised remark. He said President Trump has “forgotten that he has called the Iranian people ‘terrorists’ a few months ago.”

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