Iran's top diplomat: UN meeting on protests a US 'blunder'

14 Janvier, 2018, 01:49 | Auteur: Phil Beauvilliers
  • Iran's top diplomat: UN meeting on protests a US 'blunder'

The local steel and cement factories stopped production long ago and their workers haven't been paid for months.

Iran's moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, has responded to the protests in a measured tone.

Separately, a member of parliament said about 90 students were detained, 10 of whom were still not accounted for. For them, no one from the establishment, including the so-called reformists, can make their lives better.

Historically, universities have been hotbeds of political opposition to the Iranian government. The protests spread to more than 80 cities and rural towns as thousands of young and working-class Iranians expressed their anger at graft, unemployment and a deepening gap between rich and poor.

"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.

In particular, Haley said the U.S. calls on Iran's government to stop censoring social media outlets and to restore Internet access -- and on the international community to "do more" than issue statements of support, saying, "We cannot allow" the ongoing crackdown on protesters "to happen".

Geopolitically, Iran is supported by Russia, while the United States backs the Sunni-Israeli coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

"The Iranian dictatorship is trying to do what it always does, which is to say that the protests were designed by enemies". No French protests have elicited comments suggesting that the country's leadership is under a microscope. The country's prosecutor general claimed the CIA was the "main designer" of the protests, and Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said Mr Trump had "incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts" through his "absurd tweets". Many protests have seen a startlingly overt rejection of Iran's system of government by Islamic clerics.

In view of Iran's ideological profile and its oppositional and balancing role in the region, the fall of the Islamic Republic would represent the biggest geopolitical event of the 21st century. Days after Hariri's resignation, al-Sabhan met with officials from the State Department, Pentagon and the White House National Security Council. "As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC fund foreign militants, terrorist groups, and human rights abuses".

The massive protests in Iran have entered their second week. The $35bn fraud case which revealed unprecedented corruption at the highest levels dating back to the hardline government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The end of sanctions did open up a new influx of cash from increased oil exports, but little of that has trickled down to the wider population.

He added his government has hard evidence that the protests had received direct encouragement by foreign forces. Yet any surge in material prosperity Rouhani delivers is certain to undermine the religious faith undergirding the theocratic regime. The budget also envisaged a new jump in fuel prices. "They are hungry for food & for freedom".

If all of our young men and women were conscripted for one year, all foreign military adventures would be tested in the most telling and fair way possible: Can you support your child going over there? "They should withdraw their money from banks", Ebadi advised. "We spend it where we like'".

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday declared the defeat of what he described as "sedition" in the country. As the regime weakens, there's space for a popular leader who speaks for an unhappy country. Some have taken up weapons or torched public buildings; violence was repudiated by the Greens.

Growth outside the oil sector was at 3.3 percent.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley played up the idea that this was something to do with terrorism, and demanded Iran listen to the protesters.

Three months earlier, al-Sabhan had been sent to Beirut to meet with Hariri and deliver a blunt warning against concessions that could favor Iran's allies in Lebanon.

"Human rights are not the gift of governments, they are the inalienable rights of the people themselves", Haley said.

The provinces "face more economic hardship", wrote Brenda Shaffer, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies.

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