450 reportedly arrested in Tehran amid deadly anti-government demonstrations — Iran protests

450 reportedly arrested in Tehran amid deadly anti-government demonstrations — Iran protests

Now, though, the demonstrations have clearly slipped out of their control.

The young are most affected, with as many as 40 percent out of work according to analysts, and rural areas particularly hard-hit. The seventh protester was killed in nearby Khomaini Shahr.

Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht told a news conference that both protesters and the security forces should follow the law. That shock therapy is called Digong. Despite the promised dividends of their government's 2015 nuclear deal with the West, ordinary Iranians have seen little tangible improvement in their standard of living.

Such sentiments are undoubtedly a good start. But the former president should do more.

They have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the Ayatollah. By contrast, the current White House has done an admirable job of enunciating America's support for Iran's protesters.

The European Union on Monday pushed Iran to guarantee the right to protest.

Western disinterest was to blame as well.

Syria is Iran's strongest ally in the Arab world and Tehran has been a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad since the country's conflict began in 2011, pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the Syrian economy.

Iranian state television aired footage of a ransacked private bank, broken windows, overturned cars and a fire truck that appeared to have been set ablaze. According to the security chief, "around 27 percent of the hashtags which have been made belong to the Saudis ... the hashtags about the situation in Iran have been launched from the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia".

Other cities where demonstrations have taken place include Sanandaj, Ilam, Khoramdareh, Kermanshah, Izeh, Ahvaz, Shahin Shahr, and Tuyserkan, where at least two protesters were reported killed.

Jordanian politician Mohamed Barhouma in his analysis in London-based Al-Hayat newspaper expected only three scenarios for the ongoing protests in Iran.

Early Tuesday, state TV reported rioters tried to break into a police station in the town of Qahdarijan to steal guns, leading to clashes that killed six people. The semi-official ILNA news agency reported that nationwide, 200 protesters were arrested Saturday, 150 on Sunday and 100 on Monday. He said people had a right to protest, as long as there was no violence.

That improvement has not reached the average Iranian, however. But it's diplomatic swill, the sort of thing you'll probably hear from Obama eventually too. That move could "backfire" and further "antagonize the protesters", the notes say. And she joined us by Skype.

In 2009, authorities ruthlessly put down protests against the re-election of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It blamed the U.S. and Israel for destabilizing the region. Look at these events over the last few days. This time, you don't see that kind of leadership emerge.

Reformist and moderate MPs have released a statement urging the authorities to be open to criticism and to be tolerant of the right to protest, which they said was enshrined in the constitution. The protesters' resolve will then be tested.

"Obviously one of their charges can be Moharebeh", or waging war against God, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Mousa Ghazanfarabadi as saying. How would that play domestically? Tough call for Trump. Ten people were reportedly killed, bringing the death toll up to 12 since the unrest started Thursday.

But the protests have quickly become much more, and now represent a wholesale indictment of Iran's clerical system itself.

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