Relative calm on the streets of Iran

Relative calm on the streets of Iran
ID : N-988 Date : 2018/01/07 - 09:46

(Persia Digest) – Iran is putting behind ten days of protests. Although the capital Tehran and larger cities, such as Mashhad and Isfahan, are now relatively calm, yet unofficial news report continued unrest in smaller towns.

The Commander of the Revolutionary Guards and official news agencies in Iran reported the end of unrests in Iran on Thursday 4 January 2018. On Wednesday, a number of pro-government marches took place in some cities. Access to the internet and social networks, such as Telegram, remains limited. Instagram filtering has been removed.

Tehran has had three nights of calm as compared to the beginning of the week. Over 1700 protesters have been arrested, including students. MP Mahmood Sadeghi says the situation of 10 students out of the 90 arrested across Iran is unclear.

On the international scene, the unrests in Iran prompted Nikki Haley to call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in support of the protesters, but ended in criticism of her. At the meeting, the Russian representative said: “The US does not intend to discuss human rights issues in Iran by calling this meeting. But, it is another attempt by the administration to leave the 2015 nuclear deal, JCPOA, Iran signed with the world powers.” The meeting wrapped up with no clear conclusions and the unrests in Iran were said not to affect regional or international security.

Nevertheless, in an interview with CNN, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said: “The United States supports the demands of the protesters in Iran. But we do not support the violent transition of power. We support a peaceful regime change.” In his first reaction to the protest mid-week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said the enemy is trying to cause trouble for the Islamic regime with various tools, such as money, arms, and the collusion of their political and security organizations. He continued by saying that he has words to tell people on the subject and will talk to them at the right time.

Many observers are waiting to see the direction the protests will take in Tehran. Will they lose momentum as in the past few days or is there more on the way?

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