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Friday, December 29, 2017

Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran. The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies. A small number of people have been arrested in Tehran, the capital.

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The demonstrations are the most serious and widespread expression of public discontent in Iran since protests in 2009 that followed a disputed election, correspondents say.

Demonstrators were reportedly heard yelling slogans including "The people are begging, the clerics act like God". Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.

The protests on Thursday started with anger at the inability of the government of President Hassan Rouhani to control prices - the cost of eggs has doubled in a week.

However, some developed into broader anti-government protests, calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to police beatings.

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The demonstrations have taken the Iranian authorities by surprise.

Predictably they are blaming anti-revolutionary elements and foreign agents. But the protests clearly stem from seething discontent in Iran, mainly because of the worsening economic conditions faced by ordinary Iranians.

A BBC Persian investigation has found that Iranians, on average, have become 15% poorer in the past ten years alone.

Many believe that money that should be used to improve their lives is being spent by Iran's leaders on conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Billions are also being spent on spreading religious propaganda and Shia Islam around the world.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-12-29 04:03 PM | Reply

Congrats on posting an interesting thread ------, this is a pretty big deal. It has been going on for two days now, and is spreading around the country. A good friend of mine here in LA has relatives in Mashhad and she was saying that about 10 Basij showed up trying to stop the protests and were chased away, only to return with riot police and water cannons.

The Revolutionary Guards will only stand idle for a little while before they come out in force against the Iranian people, hopefully no one gets hurt.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-29 09:13 PM | Reply

hopefully no one gets hurt

Hopefully Iran goes up in flames.

This country has been the cause grief and strife far beyond it's borders. Time this rabid dog is put to sleep.

Iran is the only thing Trump is right about. Obama was a sell-out. Just few more sanctions and they'll crack open.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-12-29 10:33 PM | Reply

Make Persia Great Again!

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 12:58 AM | Reply

People in #Iran chant at the cleric "clerics shame on you, let go of our country" #Iranprotests
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#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 01:06 AM | Reply

Videos of #Iranprotests crackdown surfacing. Regime unleashing #Basij militia. Woman gets pepper spray in her eyes.
#Iran #اعتراضات_مردمی
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#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 01:11 AM | Reply

Good luck to the Iranians. May they overthrow their government before we start bombing them.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-12-30 01:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This didn't age well .....

For many years many Iranians were cynical about their leaders, but that is changing thanks to Trump and the Saudi crown prince.
www.nytimes.com

typical Trump Hatred Fake News

May they overthrow their government before we start bombing them.
#7 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

Why would we do that? We are probably fostering the uprising, you aren't too bright.....

My guess is people realize Trump will support them in their uprising.....

Remember when Obama voted present on the Iranian protests.... Good times, Good times...

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 02:07 AM | Reply

Why would we do that?

You're right. Why would we ever attack a sovereign nation for no reason?

We are probably fostering the uprising,

Oh good. I hope so. That worked out so well last time.

you aren't too bright.....
#8 | POSTED BY CHORT AT 2017-12-30 02:07 AM | REPLY

Thanks, Chort.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-12-30 03:45 AM | Reply

You're right. Why would we ever attack a sovereign nation for no reason?

Pretty much out of ideas hey there Clown?

Got nothing but fear .... like I said, you aint' too bright.

Thanks, Chort. ~ ---------

Don't mention it.

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 11:13 AM | Reply

Where are the #Resistance Warriors?

Real Feminist....
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There are reports that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard #IRGC has opened fire on peaceful protesters in #Iran.
#IranProtests #تظاهرات_سراسرى #يحدث_الان_في_ايران #IranProtest #متحد_شویم
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How long will , American MSM silent about protests...
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Democracy dies in darkness

#11 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 01:57 PM | Reply

Crowds chanting "Death to Hizballah" and "Death to the dictator" -- on the streets of Iran -- -powerful images that would sure impact the monolithic view of Muslims as Islamists in the West?? Where is the coverage??? @CBSNews @ABC @NBCNews @PBS @CNN @MSNBC
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Omg @POTUS is going to help liberate the Iranian people and go down in history for it. The left's heads are blowing up. They don't know whether to support the Mullahs simply because they hate Trump so much!
https://twitter.com/RaheemKassam/status/947181245481541634

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 04:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

"powerful images that would sure impact the monolithic view of Muslims as Islamists"

Are right-wingers demanding Trump fly B-2 bombers over Iran because that's what the right-wingers demanded when there were protests in Iran and Obama was President.

Be clear: Should Trump fly bombers over Iran or not, Mackris?

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-30 05:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"the monolithic view of Muslims as Islamists"

A simplistic view for simpletons and if they don't know better by now they're never going to know any better.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-30 05:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Remember when Obama voted present on the Iranian protests.... Good times, Good times...

#8 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Remember when Gannon's punchboard strengthened Iran and created ISIS in one fell swoop with his disastrous invasion of Iraq.... good times,good times....

#15 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-12-30 05:04 PM | Reply

"Remember when Obama voted present on the Iranian protests"

Not really.

Why would a US Senator vote on Iranian protests?

What does that even mean, to vote on some protest in a foreign country?

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-30 05:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obama is still waiting for Valerie Jarrett to tell him what is opinion is, like in 2009. Usually she sides with the mullahs against freedom.

#17 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-12-31 12:12 PM | Reply

Obama is still waiting for Valerie Jarrett to tell him what is opinion is, like in 2009. Usually she sides with the mullahs against freedom.

#18 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-12-31 12:12 PM | Reply

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