While the Iranian regime has invested billions on advanced new weaponry and engaged in what Iranian leaders have described as a massive military buildup, the economic revival promised by the Obama administration and Iranian leaders who negotiated the nuclear deal has failed to materialize.
Tens of thousands of Iranians today took part in pro- government rallies in several cities across the country.
At least 20 individuals have died since the protests began last week. As of Jan.1, six people were dead in the small city of Tuyserkan, two in the city of Dorud, two in the southwestern city of Izeh, and two in Lorestan province.
The next day, protests spread to the capital Tehran, and other major cities including Rasht, Kermanshah, Isfahan and Sari.
DemonstrationsA demonstrator shouts slogans near the flag of the former Imperial State of Iran as he gathers with supporters of Maryam Rajavi, head of the Iranian opposition group National Council of Resistance, outside the Iran Embassy, in Rome. Citizens of Iran began taking to the streets against the government's economic policies. They have since expanded to cities and towns in almost every province.
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Security services have used force and tear gas to disperse crowds.
Rouhani has also remarked that the "people have the right to protest", but the death toll among the protesters is rising. Mehr had said an assailant using a hunting rifle killed a policeman and wounded three other people in Najafabad. Over the last few days, hundreds have also been arrested.
Khamenei, who has the most power in Iran's dual clerical-republic system, did not specifically name the enemy. We should not let them down again.
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Rouhani has also said that the government would allow peaceful protests while warning against violence.
"President Trump is not going to sit by silently like President Obama did".
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On Monday, he said it was "time for change" in Iran and that the country's people were "hungry" for freedom.
President Donald Trump pledged to help Iranians "take back" their government Wednesday, as his White House weighed new sanctions against elements of the regime involved in a violent crackdown against protestors. "The world is watching!"
The nationwide protests pose one of the biggest challenges to its religious and civilian leadership since the unrest in 2009 that shook the theocratic nation. "The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism".
In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.
Donald Trump has issued a strongly worded tweet warning Iran that "the USA is watching" following the deaths of 20 people in anti-government protests that are sweeping the country.
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