LIVE BLOG: Iran Protests Stretch to 5th Day (Voice Of America)

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1/1/18 6:50 a.m. — AFP: Rouhani Says Citizens will ‘Deal With This Minority’

President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that the Iranian people would “respond to rioters and lawbreakers” protesting around the country in recent days.

“Our nation will deal with this minority who chant slogans against the law and people’s wishes, and insult the sanctities and values of the revolution,” he said in a statement on his official website.

“Criticism and protest are an opportunity not a threat. The nation will themselves respond to the rioters and lawbreakers.”

1/1/18 6 :11 a.m.

1/1/18 5:40 a.m. — State TV says 10 killed “in several cities”:

Jan. 1 (Reuters) – Ten people were killed during the street protests in Iran on Sunday, state television said on Monday without giving details.

“In the events of last night, unfortunately a total of about 10 people were killed in several cities,” it said, while showing footage of damage from anti-government demonstrations.

1/1/18 4:51a.m. — AP reports that Iranian state TV says 10 people have been killed amid nationwide protests, without elaborating.

1/1/18 3:22 a.m. — Reuters: Two killed in protests in southwest

DUBAI, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Two people were killed in Iran’s protests in a southwestern town, ILNA news agency on Monday quoted a local parliament member as saying.

That brought to at least four the number of fatalities in the most serious unrest in the country since 2009.

1/1/18 3:00 a.m. — AP: Israeli minister wishes Iranian protesters ‘success’

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli minister has wished Iranian protesters “success” but insists his country is not involved in the mass demonstrations that erupted in recent days.

In a radio interview on Monday, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Israel is “not getting involved, but I certainly wish the Iranian people success in the struggle for freedom and democracy.”

Israel has long viewed Iran as its greatest security threat because of Tehran’s nuclear program, its support for regional militants and Iranian leaders’ frequent calls for Israel to be eliminated. Iran has long accused Israel, the United States and Britain of meddling in its internal affairs and working to overthrow its government.

 

 

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14 Responses to LIVE BLOG: Iran Protests Stretch to 5th Day (Voice Of America)

  1. lovely says:

    This is regime change.

    The mullahs in power will go or be dragged into the streets and killed or be tried for crimes against humanity and then be executed. Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani are changing their tune from day to day, they are lost.

    I see a lot of people are still nervous about predicting this but unless something major happens, it is over for the current regime. Russia will not become a major player. Not in this political atmosphere.

    These protests, this uprising is not “spontaneous”. It is very well planned. It is being leaked that the Iranian military is sharing the internet with the protesters.

    The Persian people will continue to rise up with the souls of their sisters and brothers, their mothers and fathers, surrounding them.

    I will not be commanded, I will not be controlled and I will not let my future go on, without the help of my soul.__G. Holden

    God created us a people of free will. The man who determines to command that freedom, determines to command the very soul of another human, is a dead man walking.

    President Donald Trump wants a lasting peace in the ME not a gravy train of money running to his own personal accounts (unlike his predecessors) while the people suffer. President Trump wants the people of Iran to govern themselves.

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  2. stella says:

    The Iranian uprising

    … “’This is something that didn’t happen in 2009. This is a huge thing to happen in Iran’, said Nic Robertson, CNN’s international diplomatic editor.”

    You don’t say! But if you think this means CNN is finally waking up to reality, you’d better calm down. For lower down the story, it solemnly tells us:

    “The consensus from experts: US President Donald Trump’s tweets about the situation are not helpful.Rather, they say, the world should show solidarity with the Iranian people by supporting freedom of expression.”

    As opposed to people supporting Trump’s freedom of expression, I suppose. Don’t you just love these anonymous “experts”? In glorious technicolour all-singing all-dancing consensus: just plain wrong.

    Trump’s tweets are aimed at both the regime and the demonstrators. To the regime he’s saying: your time is up and the US will be helping the people make that a reality. He’s saying this to demoralise and weaken it. To the people he’s saying: we’re with you. That message of backing from the most powerful leader in the world is aimed at giving the people the courage to continue. Without it they are far less likely to persevere.

    If people are to rouse their courage to pit themselves against the might of a regime that can kill and crush them, the support of the rest of the world is absolutely crucial. So far, though, Trump is alone in offering such support. Apart from Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson feebly and pointlessly tweeting his “concern”, Britain and the EU have been silent. They are not supporting the people of Iran against the regime. They are not trying to weaken it. How can they? They have helped empower it. As have their cheerleaders and Obama sycophants in the media…

    http://www.melaniephillips.com/the-iranian-uprising/

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    • lovely says:

      I believe Susan Rice was tasked with starting this talking point;

      How Can Trump Help Iran’s Protesters? Be Quiet. S Rice Dec 31 2017

      “The consensus from experts: US President Donald Trump’s tweets about the situation are not helpful. Rather, they say, the world should show solidarity with the Iranian people by supporting freedom of expression.

      I’m not sure if it was here or elsewhere I read the Leftist extolling the glory and properness of Obama’s more “muted” response. As if a single good thing ever came from Obama’s constant support of evil despots in the world.

      CNN wistfully remembering the days of Obama’s support for savage theocracy.

      Not putting in a link because it makes me sick to support CNN.

      (CNN)When protests erupted in Iran in 2009, then-President Barack Obama reacted cautiously, concerned that a forceful intervention could make America — reviled as the “Great Satan” by Iranian revolutionaries — a rallying cause for the clerical regime.

      Eight years on, with demonstrations and violence breaking out again in Iranian cities, the US position is reversed, with President Donald Trump and his team almost gleefully leaping at the chance to line up alongside Iranian protesters.

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  3. lovely says:

    Iranian Nobel Laureate: Anti-gov’t protests can go beyond Green Movement

    http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/311220172

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A wave of anti-government protests that have taken place in dozens of Iranian cities for the past four days have the potential to go beyond the Green Movement that shook the pillars of the Islamic Republic for the first time in 2009, the renowned Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi said.

    She said that the protest that began in the western city of Mashhad, but soon spread to more than two dozen cities across the country, is “the starting point of a great movement.”

    “I do not think these protests will end anytime soon,” Ebadi, a lawyer and rights activist who has lived in the United Kingdom since 2009, told the Italian newspaper La Republica.

    “It seems that we are witnessing a protesting movement that can be wider than the Green Movement of 2009. I will not be surprised if these protests turn into a greater movement,” she said with determination, according to the Farsi service of Radio Free Europe.

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  4. lovely says:

    Who knew? Not me. Russia kicked Iran in the teeth. Months ago.

    Iran Charges Russia With Selling Out its Air Defense Secrets to Israel

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a25779/iran-complains-russia-sold-out-its-air-defenses-to-israel/

    An Iranian government official claimed earlier this week that its Russian-made air defenses were compromised by Moscow, leaving Iran and its allies defenseless against Israeli airstrikes. An engineer with Tehran’s Ministry of Defense alleged that codes forcing anti-aircraft missiles to treat hostile Israeli fighters as friendly were sold to Tel Aviv, effectively neutralizing Syria and Iran’s S-300 surface-to-air missile systems.

    Hat tip to Mr. Wictor.

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  5. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook.

    Supposedly a bunch of airplanes left Mehrabad covertly last night. Pallets of cash and mullahs aboard?

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  6. lovely says:

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  7. lovely says:

    This is a good account to follow on Twitter. Rouhani loyalists are now killing protesters but they are not killing scores and seem to be discriminate.

    Regime change.

    If the Kurds arrive or are there this will get bloody for the regime loyalists in a fast and furious coordinated response.

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  8. lovely says:

    Do protests in Iranian cities point to a social revolution?

    https://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2018/01/02/Are-recent-protests-in-Iranian-cities-signs-of-a-social-revolution-.html

    All the prerequisites of change and revolution seem to be in place. People reject this corrupt and brutal regime that is characterized by repression, terrorism, destruction, and corruption. Additionally, a strong and organized opposition is controlling the situation. In order to establish peace and stability in Iran and the region, the international community ought to support Iranian uprisings and recognize the people’s opposition to the Iranian regime.

    These appear contrary to Obama’s policy during the social protests in 2009 when he stood on the side of the Iranian regime instead of the protesters. The current US policy shows positive signs of support and sympathy with Iranian people which is essential, albeit it is still not enough.

    Iranian uprising is the national right of its people seeking to topple the regime, whose security forces have resorted to serious violations in their clampdown.

    *****

    Heaven’s blessing must attend all, and freedom must soon be given to the pining millions under a ruthless bondage.__Fredrick Douglas

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  9. Gary says:

    Hello Everyone,
    Is this a great time to be alive or what…….

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  10. lovely says:

    Netanyahu predicts Iran regime change, denies Israel’s involvement in protests

    https://www.rt.com/news/414825-israel-iran-netanyahu-regime-change/

    “Our success in the political arena against the United States and the Zionist regime was unbearable to [Iran’s enemies]. Iran’s success in the region was unbearable to them. Don’t you expect that they would seek revenge? Don’t you think they would provoke some people?” Rouhani was quoted as saying.

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also accused Iran’s foes of instigating the protests. “In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic,” Khamenei said in a statement.

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  11. John Lavery says:

    To the brave people of my van who yarn to live free and prosperous with the rest of the world ! America is not your enemy ! We long to bring you into the fellowship free countries and free peoples whose compliments respect their rights and allow them to pros! we long to bring you into the fellowship free countries and free peoples who is God meant respect their rights and allow them to prosper ! At great risk you protest and demand the government egg knowledge your rights and your freedoms and we support you in this fight ! God bless you and give you swift victory ! JTLavery@aol.com

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    • lovely says:

      In my opinion this is now about how swiftly Rouhani and Khamenei will fall and whether they will escape the well earned wrath of the people who they have raped and pillaged.

      I’m reading that the banks have been emptied by the fleeing mullahs, whether this is true or not I do not know. But there will be a run on the banks and the country will be thrown into further turmoil.

      God be with the people who are fighting for freedom.

      Hoping this works.

      Sorry about the language. Still an interesting read.

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  12. John Lavery says:

    To the brave people of Iran who year to live free and prosperous with the rest of the world ! America is not your enemy ! We long to bring you into the fellowship free countries and free peoples whose governments respect their rights and allow them to prosper! we long to bring you into the fellowship of free countries and free peoples where governments respect their rights and allow them to prosper ! At great risk you protest and demand the government avknowledge your rights and your freedoms and we support you in this fight ! God bless you and give you swift victory ! JTLavery@aol.com

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