Repression is not the answer, say protesters in Iran

Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Amid a backdrop of diplomatic maneuvering, state television showed footage of pro-government rallies that were held in several Iranian cities on January 6, while social media showed images and video of antigovernment demonstrations in the capital and other areas.

"The Iranian people are rising up in over 79 locations throughout the country", Haley told the council. When a difficult situation doesn't directly involve us, the proper response is a supportive hand on the shoulder and the words, "I really hope that you can work it out".

The United States called Friday's emergency meeting to discuss the protests in Iran, which have left 22 people dead and led to the arrests of more than 1,000 others. Some of the people I know who were active in the 2009 uprising profess to be frightened today - of chaos and the potential for destructive demagogy.

The Friday prayer leader in Sunni-majority Zahedan, Abdulhamid Mullazahi, criticized authorities for quelling protests and called on officials to pay attention to the demands of the Iranians and their problems. However, Reuters, quoting local residents, said they were showing signs of abating after the Revolutionary Guards were sent to several provinces.

U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his administration have praised the anti-government demonstrators as people standing up to a repressive and corrupt regime that is trying to silence them.

Discussing Iran's situation at the council "does not help resolve the domestic issue of Iran", said China's Deputy United Nations Ambassador Wu Haitao. Only British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft openly defended the move.

Russia's envoy Vassily Nebenzia said involving the Council was wrong because what was happening in Iran was an 'internal affair' which undermined the reputation of the U.N.'s top body. And let there be no doubt whatsoever: the United States stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families and dignity for their nation.

"The UNSC rebuffed the naked [American] attempt to hijack its mandate".

The greater long-term threat of the protests is to the Islamic regime.

On Wednesday, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards declared the defeat of what he described as "sedition" in the country.

The U.S.is promising support for anti-government protesters. So Tehran has contributed, indirectly, to the hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Syrian civil war. The Green Revolution was ruthlessly put down, and the deadly silence on the streets of Iran matched the deafening silence from the White House. Unfortunately, many of our European partners, as well as the United Nations, have thus far failed to forcefully speak out on the growing crisis in Iran. Maybe if America would join Europe in engaging Iran in business activities and treating it like any other global market, the Iranians would have less to complain about.

"Have no mercy on Americans", he said.

Later on Sunday, Tehran prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, said that 70 of the detained protesters have been released on bail during the last 48 hours.

MP Mahmoud Sadeghi said little was known about at least 10 of the 90 students detained.

The protests quickly escalated as they spread across Iran and included calls to overthrow the Iranian government, according to The Associated Press. The app boasts an estimated 48 million users in Iran, more than half the population.

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