(Persia Digest) – Protests have been sweeping across Iran, now in its fourth day, against the troubled economy and rising prices. Unrest began in its second largest city, Mashhad, on Thursday 28 December 2017, where people gathered outside the City Council in “Shohada” Martyrs’ Square, shouting slogans about rising food prices and the state of the economy in the country. Protests took place on the same day in Neyshabur, Yazd, and Shahrud.
Although the protests began with “no to rising prices”, they continued with slogans against the government and regime. Mashhad governor has said 52 people were arrested.
The news spread on social media and people in Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Rasht, Qazvin, Isfahan, Qom, Sabzevar, and a number of other cities followed suit on Friday. Protests in Kermanshah were coupled with incidents between the people and the police.
In the meantime, US officials have been reacting to the unrest in Iran. The US State Department announced: “The US strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters. We ask all countries to support the people of Iran and their rightful demands for their basic rights to put an end to corruption.”
Some members of the congress, including Republican Orrin Hatch from Utah, Republican Tom Cotton from Arkansas, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Republican Ted Cruz from Texas expressed their support for the people of Iran.
US President, Donald Trump, also tweeted about the protests, saying that “The world is watching”. He described the protests as “peaceful” and said the protesters were citizens “fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nations’ wealth to fund terrorism abroad.” He ended his tweet by using #IranProtests.
The US President is accusing Iran of terrorism while as candidate Trump in his election campaign against Hilary Clinton, he revealed that Daesh was funded by Obama and Clinton. He had also revealed that Iran and Russia were fighting Daesh. As recently announced by Iran, it was able to destroy the terrorist group in Iraq with the help and resistance of its people. Iran is also fighting terrorist groups such as Daesh in Syria alongside Russia – another issue Trump had revealed in his campaign as candidate Trump.
As reported by Persia Digest, protesting the rising prices continued on Saturday in some cities across Iran. Tehran also witnessed demonstrations in Tehran University and the Enghelab [Revolution] Street area. According to Iranian officials and media, it is not yet clear how these demonstrations began and what direction it is taking. Some believe that the recent rise in food prices coupled with the news of corruption on social media, and the bankruptcy of credit and financial institutions have led to the protests.