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.