LIVE BLOG: Iranians Take to the Streets in Massive Protests

Voice of America coverage of the Iranian protests.

A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017. A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran Saturday, with college

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12/31/17 5:45 p.m. — VOA Persian Division Director Setareh Derakhshesh got exclusive comments from senior U.S. official Michael Anton, deputy assistant to the president for strategic communications, on the latest developments in Iran on Sunday. Story to come.

12/31/17 5:45 p.m. — Iranian callers to the Sunday edition of VOA Persian’s Straight Talk program disagreed about whether foreign intervention in the protests is desirable:

A caller named Farhad from Tehran said, “Right now, we are on the streets for a revolution. (President) Trump — you pledged to help us — please do so.”

But the next caller, named Siamak and also from Tehran, said Farhad was mistaken. “We should take care of our own business,” he said.

12/31/17 5:39 p.m. Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior Iran analyst for Foundation for Defense of Democracies, talking about the Iran protests with VOA’s Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb: “Whether you’re urban or rural, you see the governing elite, and in fact the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as an impediment to your daily life.”

12/31/17 5:18 p.m. — Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior Iran analyst for Foundation for Defense of Democracies, tells VOA’s Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb: “What is true is the Iranian people want accountability, respect, justice, and they want their government to put their interests … their national interests ahead of the narrow, factional or regime interests. That’s why you heard slogans like, ‘Not Gaza, Not Lebanon. My life for Iran.’ ”

“Almost all the protests since the Islamic Republic’s inception, and in many ways almost all the protests in the last century and a half of modern-Iranian history are all linked. And that’s why I think you see much-more strident anti-regime rhetoric in this protest which is clear to say is a continuation of that protest (in 2009).”

12/31/17 5:15 p.m. — President Trump Tweets: “Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate. Not good!”

People protest near the University of Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017, in this photo obtained from social media.


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3 Responses to LIVE BLOG: Iranians Take to the Streets in Massive Protests

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    Praying safety–and courage–for all the protesters.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. stella says:

    Sunni jihadists claim they blew up Iran oil pipeline

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A Sunni jihadist group has claimed to have blown up an oil pipeline in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province, the scene of other attacks by Arab separatists. Iranian authorities have not acknowledged any such attack.

    An online video posted by Ansar al-Furqan claimed the attack and showed what it described as a pipeline near Omidiyeh.

    The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group quoted the video on Saturday as saying: “This operation was conducted to inflict losses on the economy of criminal Iranian regime.”

    SITE says the attack by Ansar al-Furqan, if confirmed, would be their first in oil-rich southern Iran.

    Iran has faced low-level separatist unrest from Kurds in its northwest, the Baluch in its east and Arabs in its south since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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