Iran cities hit by anti-government protests

  • Iran cities hit by anti-government protests

Iran cities hit by anti-government protests


Mashhad Gov. Mohammed Rahim Norouzian was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying that "the demonstration was illegal but the police dealt with people with tolerance".

"Greetings to the heroic citizens of Kermanshah, who rose up with the slogan of either death or freedom, death to Rouhani, death for the dictator, protesting against high prices, poverty and corruption", Iranian opposition leader Mariam Rajavi said in a tweet. Iranians based out of Tehran, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Fars and Isfahan provinces tweeted more than 11,000 times since the protests began on December 27.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported that officials said around 300 protesters gathered in the western city of Kermanshah, the scene of a devastating quake in November that killed over 600 residents. The Revolutionary Guard, a hard-line paramilitary organization, has vast economic interests in the country.

Videos posted on social media showed some protesters in Mashhad chanting slogans including "Death to the dictator" and "Death to Rohani", with police using water cannons to push back the crowds. Protests were also held in at least two other northeastern cities.

"Some people had come to express their demands, but suddenly, in a crowd of hundreds, a small group that did not exceed 50 shouted deviant and horrendous slogans such as "Let go of Palestine", "Not Gaza, not Lebanon, I'd give my life (only) for Iran", Alamolhoda said. Protesters also waved banners denouncing Iran's interference in the Arab region, chanting "forget about Syria, think about us".


Rouhani's leading achievement, a 2015 deal with world powers that curbed Iran's disputed nuclear program in return for a lifting of most global sanctions, has yet to bring the broad economic benefits the government says are coming.