Iranian protesters chant slogans during a Demonstration in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Iranian hard-liners rallied on Saturday in support of the country’s Supreme leader and cleric ally government oversees sparked spontaneous protests, the anger over the country, the ailing economy roiled major cities in the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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Iran’s strong President Trump’s dismissed warning and support in the midst of the anti-government protests in the capital Tehran and elsewhere in the Arabian Gulf, calling the U.S. President a “opportunist.”
“Iranian people will give no credit to the false and opportunistic statements from U.S. officials or Mr. Trump,” said Iran’s foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, according to a state TV report.
The statement comes hours after the trump weighed in color and on the protests against the high unemployment and the rising cost of food.
“Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens to Finance the nose of the regime, the corruption and squandering of the national property, the terrorism abroad. The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights, including the right to Express themselves. The world is watching! #Iran protest,” Trump tweeted late on Friday.
Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens to Finance the nose of the regime, the corruption and squandering of the national property, the terrorism abroad. The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights, including the right to Express themselves. The world is watching! #Iran protest
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
The State Department late on Friday offered his support for the protesters.
“Iran’s leaders have a prosperous country with a rich history and culture in an economically exhausted rogue state whose chief exports violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” the statement said.
The economic protests began mid-week in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city and a Holy place for Shiite pilgrims. They continued through the weekend with hundreds of students and other protesters at the University of Tehran.
Officials say about 50 protesters have been arrested.
To cut to Trump, at least since the beginning of his 2016 presidential campaign, was critical of the fight of the Iranian leaders, that you are not fully satisfied with the 2015 international business, in which they agreed to, the pursuit of a nuclear weapon in exchange for the repeal of billions in crippling economic sanctions.
The President, as a result, has refused to recertify mediated the deal by the Obama administration.
The protests, triggered largely by social media, instead of in the middle of a previously scheduled pro-government rallies, which have drawn reportedly 4,000 people.
Ali Ahmadi, a 27-year-old pro-government demonstrators, who blame the USA for all of Iran’s economic problems.
“You always say that we support Iranian people, but who should pay?”, he said.
Iran is elected by the Supreme leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Social media videos show clashes between protesters and police. The semi-official Fars news agency said the protests on Friday also Qom noticed, a city that the world’s most important center for Shi’ite Islamic scholarship and home to an important Shiite Shrine.
The demonstrations seem to be the biggest blow that the Islamic Republic since the Green movement in 2009, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected as President.
But also information about the recent protests remains scarce, because neither state nor semi-official media in Iran have reported extensively on them.
Iran’s economy has a deal for the Atom. But that improvement has not yet reached the average Iranian. Official inflation back up to 10 percent.
The prices for eggs and poultry has increased by as much as 40 percent, although the government seems to be the fault of the spikes on fears of bird flu contamination.
While the police, some of the protesters arrested, the country’s powerful revolutionary guard and its member organisations have not intervened, as in other forms of unauthorized demonstrations since the election in 2009.
Secretary of state Rex Tillerson told Congress in June that America would lead the work in the direction of “support of the elements inside of Iran to have a peaceful transition of government” by the Iranian government, a sign of foreign interference in the internal policy.
Iran’s foreign Ministry has dismissed the comments.
“The noble Iranian nation never pays attention to the opportunistic and hypocritical Motto sung by the U.S. officials and their disturbing assertions on the internal political development in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the state IRNA news Agency quoted Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi with the words.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.