White House calls for Iran to release 'political prisoners' amid protest crackdown

White House calls for Iran to release 'political prisoners' amid protest crackdown

Tehran's deputy provincial governor Mohsen Hamedani said the people were, "under the influence of propaganda" and were "unaware that the majority of these calls to protest came from overseas".

"More than 90 percent of the people arrested in these unrests were young people and teenagers under the age of 25 and virtually none of them have any arrest history", said Hossein Zolfaghari, Iran's deputy interior minister for security affairs, on January 1. 450 people have been detained and 20 reportedly died.

US President Trump has tweeted his criticism of the Iranian government and has encouraged the protests. He held onto his presidency with Quds force generals leading foreign fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well Iranian-supported Hezbollah guerrillas from Lebanon. Iran's economy has done reasonably well since the sanctions were lifted in 2015 but unemployment remains high.

Recently, prices of essential commodities have risen astronomically.

"People had economic, political and social demands".

The Supreme Leader is commander-in-chief of the armed forces and appoints the heads of the judiciary.

The growing frustration among the people can be understood from the reactions of the protesters.

Bottom line: The Islamic Republic of Iran was not established to create a materially prosperous and socially free society, because, in the ayatollah's theology, such societies, like the US, are of the devil and corruptive of the people.

Economic hardships are driving people to question the very legitimacy of the present regime.

The difference in the lifestyles of the elite are also accentuating popular anger.

The U.S.is the only country involved in the deal that is considering withdrawal.

Iran lashed out at the US House of Representatives on Wednesday after lawmakers adopted a resolution supporting recent anti-government protests in the Islamic republic.

The last administration's refusal to act ultimately emboldened Iran's tyrannical rulers to ruthlessly put down the dissent.

As far as the uprisings changing Iran's foreign policy, Nader said he doesn't see that happening immediately, but that it's been interesting to see Iranians' dissatisfaction with the regime.

Iranian millennials hardly keep their wealth a secret, especially in the age of social media.

The U.S. and Israel have immediately jumped to opportunistically express support for the protests. He also urged the U.K.'s "friends in the White House not to throw away" a nuclear deal with Iran that Trump has pledged to decertify. But the protests also showed the constraints on discontent. "They seek the basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades".

The University of Tehran was working to track and secure the release of its students who had been detained, according to the semiofficial Iranian Students' News Agency.

"Instead, its sole objective is to destabilize the situation in the Middle East region and the Persian Gulf area in accordance with their strategic interests". "The protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their government's oppression, corruption, and waste of national resources on military adventurism".

"So the most important thing, I think, is it's up to the Iranian people what form of government they have, and to say we believe that they should have the kind of government they want, And, right now, the regime senses that they've got a lot of people who aren't buying this revolutionary regime's act".

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