Saturday, 30 December 2017

US President Donald Trump warns Iran 'world is watching' after anti-government protests



US President Donald Trump has warned Iran that the "world is watching" after two days of anti-government protests sparked by the country's economic woes.
 
Hundreds of people took to the streets in Mashhad, Iran's second-largest city and one of the holiest places in Shia Islam, on Thursday.
 
 
The protests spread to Tehran and other cities on Friday, with police using water cannons in some cases to disperse the crowds.


Initially aimed against high prices, the anti-government protests quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole.


Police arrested 52 people. On Saturday, tens of thousands of government supporters marched in cities across Iran in a show of strength for the regime.


Many of the marchers carried banners in support of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.


But local media reported that small anti-government protests were continuing around the University of Tehran.


Mr Trump tweeted in support of the anti-government protests.


"Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption and its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism abroad," he wrote.
 
 
"Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!"


And the US State Department condemned the arrest of peaceful protesters and urged "all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption".




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