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Protests In Iran - Hardliners vs Elite Reformers

by Oui Fri Jan 5th, 2018 at 05:58:17 AM EST

Analysis at the start of deadly protest which lasted a week ...

2 dead as Iran warns protesters will 'pay the price' | Dawn |

As videos on social media showed thousands marching across the country, an official in the small western town of Dorud confirmed two people had been killed during protests, but denied security forces had fired on the crowd.

"A number of people took to the streets responding to calls from hostile groups," Lorestan province deputy governor Habibollah Khojastehpour told state television. "Unfortunately in these clashes two citizens from Dorud were killed. No bullets were fired by the police, military or security forces towards the people."

Videos on social media overnight showed demonstrations in Isfahan, Mashhad and many smaller cities but travel restrictions and limited coverage by official media made it difficult to confirm reports.

Semi-official conservative outlets confirmed an evening attack on a town hall in Tehran and showed protesters attacking banks and municipal buildings in other parts of the country.

"Those who damage public property, disrupt order and break the law must be responsible for their behaviour and pay the price," Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli said on state television early on Sunday. "The spreading of violence, fear and terror will definitely be confronted," he added.

In one of the few official reports, an official in Arak , around 300 kilometres southwest of Tehran, said 80 people had been arrested overnight.

More below the fold ...

'They no longer fear security forces' | Al Jazeera |

Potkin Azarmehr, a blogger who focuses on the secular pro-democracy struggle in Iran, told Al Jazeera that several groups have been protesting for some time "and now their slogans have become more radical".

"They no longer seem to have that fear from security forces," he said.

Mahan Abedin, an Iran analyst at Middle East Eye, said the protests reflect the gap between ordinary Iranians and the political elite.

US shift on Jerusalem presents Iran with a strategic opportunity | Middle East Eye |

United States President Donald Trump weighed in, saying "oppressive regimes cannot endure forever".

Third day of street protests challenge Iran's government | CBC News |

Amir Handjani: Iran specialist fellow at Atlantic Council  

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General Assembly Adopts Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, as United Nations, International Organization for Migration Sign Key Agreement (Dec. 2016)

ABDOLREZA RAHMANI FAZLI, Minister of the Interior of Iran, said that destabilizing legitimate Governments was among the root causes of the present refugee crisis.  Large movements of people had effects and implications beyond borders and no single country could respond on its own.  The summit provided an opportunity for a global approach so that all countries could take responsibility.  Due to its geographical position, Iran had faced an influx of refugees for more than three decades.  Despite limited international support, it had shouldered that heavy burden, providing refugees with services such as education and health care.  The literacy rate among refugees in Iran was now 67 per cent.  Any new commitments made towards refugees should be in conformity with legislation and Iran renewed its call to solve refugee problems through sustainable voluntary repatriation and resettlement.

MoD calls for more security coop. with world in 2018

When it comes to covering protests in other countries, it seems any vague picture of brown people protesting can stand in for those actually on the streets expressing their grievances. Since the outbreak of protests across Iran three weeks ago, several major outlets have used pictures of demonstrations  in the United States, France, or United Kingdom--organized by a fringe, cult-like group, Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK)--in place of images of the entirely unaffiliated protesters, 6,000 miles away, who are the topic of discussion.
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