In Iran struggle, information is ammunition — Michael Gerson

Zarif slams Trump over expression of “respect” for Iranians

In Iran struggle, information is ammunition — Michael Gerson

The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations on Friday accused the United States of abusing its power as a permanent member of the Security Council during an emergency meeting called by the Trump administration to discuss unrest and protests in Iran.

In particular, Haley said the U.S. calls on Iran's government to stop censoring social media outlets and to restore Internet access -- and on the international community to "do more" than issue statements of support, saying, "We cannot allow" the ongoing crackdown on protesters "to happen".

Mr Trump has been vocal in his support of the protests, which he said were a response to the "brutal and corrupt Iranian regime".

The United States and Israel have expressed support for the protests, which began on December 28 in Iran's second largest city, Mashhad, but deny allegations of fomenting them.

At least 450 people have been arrested and 21 killed in anti-government protests that swept quickly across the Islamic Republic late last week.

Iran has also seen three days of large pro-government demonstrations.

That is the essence of American leadership, and as the people of Iran now know, the United States is leading on the world stage for freedom again. We'll wait and see if things open up for U.S. companies. "Our aim is to work with relevant authorities and facilitate the quickest release and return of those students to their studies and family embrace", Dr. Majid Sarsanghi, Tehran University's Deputy Chancellor for Cultural Affairs, is quoted as saying by ISNA. The number of cities hosting protests has also reportedly decreased. "They are hungry for food & for freedom". They have reached over a hundred cities and towns, some of which were not familiar to even many Iranians before.

Tehran allocates billions of dollars in revenue from oil and gas to meddling in the regions, including assisting the Assad regime in Syria, the Lebanese Hezbollah, Shiite militias in Iraq and the Houthis of Yemen.

Up to 42,000 people took part in the protests, according to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, who has said the clerically overseen government exhibited "tolerance" toward the demonstrations.

On Wednesday, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards declared the defeat of what he described as "sedition" in the country.

Demonstrations erupted in Iran over a week ago after the government announced plans to raise fuel prices and cut monthly cash handouts to lower-income Iranians.

The United Nations Security Council meets on the situation in Iran, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at United Nations headquarters.

The United States was also rebuked by Russia's ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, who sarcastically questioned whether events in the United States should be addressed by the U.N.

He stressed that his policy of economic reform is the "right" way forward and urged for the lifting of bans on messaging apps, including the popular Telegram messaging service, that were shut down during the protests. "Doing so does not help resolve the domestic issue of Iran".

A parliamentary report detailed the "harsh corporal punishment, humiliating and insulting techniques" used against prisoners held at the Kahrizak Detention Center in 2009, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported at the time. "But when social movements and protests start in the street, those who have ignited them are not always able to control them".

And nonviolent approaches generally succeeded in less than half the time (an average of about three years).

Iran's army chief, Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, told state media on Thursday that police had quelled the unrest, but said his troops were ready to intervene if needed. Many of the youth are highly educated and tech-savvy but they cannot find jobs.

With the world focused on the repressive, destabilizing nature of the Iranian regime, the Trump administration would be idiotic to shift the subject to the Iran nuclear agreement.

"We have hard evidence of the violence in Iran by a handful of protesters, in some cases resulting in the deaths of policemen and security officers, being very clearly directed from abroad".

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