Iran Protests — LIVE BLOG

Michael Osbun  Op-Art

Anyone born in Canada after Jan. 1980 has been raised on the story of the heroic role played by Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor, the Canadian diplomatic corps in Tehran, and the Canadian government in Ottawa during the political turmoil that brought about the theocratic regime that took Iran back to the stone age and which has ruled the country with an iron fist ever since.

The world "witnessed that (all other) members of the U.N. Security Council spoke about preventing the meddling in Iran's internal affairs", he said.

"The United States is abusing the platform of the Security Council", said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, whose country has close ties to Iran.

"Although this blind sedition was so small that a portion of the police force was able to nip it in the bud. you can rest assured that your comrades in the Islamic Republic's army would be ready to confront the dupes of the Great Satan (United States)", he was quoted as saying. At least 21 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the unrest.

"We have hard evidence of the violence in Iran by a handful of the protesters, in some cases resulting in the deaths of policeman and security officers, being very clearly directed from abroad", Khoshroo said on Friday.

I endorse Sadjadpour's suggestions - including careful U.S. statements of solidarity that support peaceful demonstrations and helping Iranians get the technology to circumvent regime internet blackouts.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence criticized European allies in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Wednesday.

"However, let Iran deal with its own problems", he said.

Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to mend the economy and ease social tensions, but high living costs and unemployment have left many feeling that progress is too slow.

"The UNSC rebuffed the U.S.'s naked attempt to hijack its mandate - Another [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration", Zarif tweeted.

Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi on Thursday urged her compatriots to take up civil disobedience and continue marching in the streets.

The experts said the absence of steps to address the underlying causes of the protests through non-violent means was "disturbing".

On Saturday evening, protesters staged a demonstration in the town of Mahshahr, south of the province of Ahwaz, as well as the in the Johardasht area in the city of Karaj, north of Tehran. But such weapons are far less dangerous in the hands of democratic governments.

Demonstrations erupted in Iran over a week ago after the government announced plans to raise fuel prices and cut monthly cash handouts to lower-income Iranians.

Russia has fiercely criticised the US for convening the UN Security Council over protests in Iran. "We will not leave him alone in his fight against enemies".

The United States was also rebuked by Russia's ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, who sarcastically questioned whether events in the United States should be addressed by the U.N. The Iranian people know the truth. Rouhani could become the man to break the disastrous grip of the conservative clerics on Iran.

The West should also help keep communications open with Iran.

The military, which has been involved in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, is certain to recognise similarities between the latest protests in Iran and the demonstrations that ignited full-scale war in Syria during 2011. But this is a long game, and while the mullahs have the guns, they seem to have lost the public's trust.

The Trump administration has been strongly supportive of the protesters and condemned the Iranian government.

Many officials have nonetheless recognized the genuine economic grievances of many Iranians, particularly a jobless rate at close to 30 percent for young people.

"We acknowledged once again that Iran is implementing the deal, as certified nine times by the International Atomic Energy Agency".

Videos on social media in the past few days showed relatives of detainees gathering outside prisons seeking information about the fate of their loved ones. Some demonstrators have called for the government's overthrow.

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