Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Stop it!

Given the bloody history of the Iranian governments, this should not be considered an empty threat. (Check out the analyses following the article.)

Iran protests: Citizens told to avoid 'illegal gatherings'
The Iranian government has told people to avoid "illegal gatherings" in the wake of two days of angry anti-establishment protests in the country.

Scores have been arrested in protests over corruption and living standards.

Small groups have continued to gather at Tehran University and elsewhere.

But Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli urged people "not to participate in these illegal gatherings as they will create problems for themselves and other citizens".

The Iranian authorities are blaming anti-revolutionaries and agents of foreign powers for the outbreak of anti-establishment protest.

In the US, the Trump administration warned Iran overnight that the world was watching its response. Iran's foreign ministry called the comments "opportunistic and deceitful".

Meanwhile, thousands of pro-government demonstrators attended rallies on Saturday.

These official rallies were organised in advance of the anti-government protests, to mark the eighth anniversary of the suppression of major street protests.

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