Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day on Saturday, in a backlash against widespread protests that will the clerical establishment has blamed on the country’s enemies.
Saturday’s show of support came a day after Iran’s foreign minister said a United Nations Security Council meeting called by the United States to discuss the protests had proved a “blunder” by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
State television showed rallies in cities including Amol, Semnan in addition to also Shadegan waving Iranian flags in addition to also chanting “Death to America”, “Death to Israel” in addition to also “Death to Britain”.
More than a week of unrest has seen 22 people die in addition to also more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials, within the biggest anti-government protests for nearly a decade.
Unrest spread to more than 80 cities in addition to also rural towns as thousands of young in addition to also working class Iranians voiced anger at graft, unemployment in addition to also a deepening gap between rich in addition to also poor.
Residents contacted by Reuters in various cities on Friday said the protests had shown sign of abating, after the government intensified a crackdown on the protesters by dispatching Revolutionary Guards forces to several provinces.