Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Iran protests show Islamic Revolution rejection — Intelligence Ministry DG

Iran protests show Islamic Revolution rejection — Intelligence Ministry DG

"Discussing this domestic situation of Iran by the Council is a practice that is not in line with the Council's responsibilities", he said at the meeting. On the agenda are discussions of the root cause of the protests, as well as legal help for protesters jailed during the demonstrations.

In recent days, government supporters have held several mass rallies across the country to protest the unrest.

The United States and Israel have expressed support for the protests, which began on December 28 in Iran's second largest city, Mashhad, but deny allegations of fomenting them.

But other members were less concerned about Iran than they were the U.S. Denouncing the corruption and brutality of the Iranian leadership, however satisfying, is not an effective means of building momentum behind the demonstrations.

Historically, universities have been hotbeds of political opposition to the Iranian government.

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Now the Iranian government is moving to counter the message of the protests. Russia's Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of calling the briefing to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which saw Iran scale back its nuclear activities in return for sanctions easing.

Most of the signatories to the statement are former officials or parliamentarians from the time of President Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005).

"But those ordinary Iranians who were deceived by these American-backed rioters should be dealt with based on Islamic clemency", cleric Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Tehran University, TV reported.

On Saturday, videos on social media showed a heavy police presence in cities, including Khorramabad in southwestern Iran, where on Wednesday evening social media posts showed protesters throwing stones at riot police.

"Things should be good in Iran now the sanctions have been lifted, but the mullahs' pockets are bottomless and everybody knows it", she told Reuters.

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Saturday's show of support took place a day after Iran's foreign minister said a UN Security Council meeting called by the USA to discuss the protests had proved a "blunder" by the administration of U.S. president Donald Trump.

Russian Federation and China are among the countries that are expected to oppose Security Council action on Iran, diplomats said. "It is a powerful exhibition of fearless people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they are willing to risk their lives in protest".

"The Iranian regime is now on notice".

Russia, China, and France - three of the body's five permanent members - spoke against the U.S. move to raise anti-government protests in Iran at a United Nations meeting, saying they did not pose a risk to worldwide peace or security.

It came as an Iranian politician said some 90 students were arrested in Tehran during last week's unrest.

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"Death to America", "Death to Israel", "Death to Britain" "Death to seditionists", the demonstrators chanted.

Parliament spokesman Nemati said MPs had asked security officials for a report about the detained students during Sunday's closed session.

In Markazi province, people held up signs supporting supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"The United Kingdom remains fully committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, it is one of the global community's greatest successes in recent memory, we welcome Iran's compliance with its nuclear commitments", Rycroft said on Friday.

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