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Iranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, within the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Iran’s army chief said on Thursday police forces had already quelled anti-government unrest of which has killed 21 people however of which his troops were ready to intervene if needed, official media reported, as brand-new state-sponsored pro-government rallies were held.
The anti-government demonstrations, which seem to be spontaneous along with also also without a clear leader, erupted a week ago in Iran’s second city of Mashhad over economic hardships — mostly youth unemployment along with also also alleged corruption.
“Although of which blind sedition was so little of which a portion of the police force was able to nip of which within the bud … you can rest assured of which your comrades within the Islamic Republic’s army might be ready to confront the dupes of the Great Satan (United States),” Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi was quoted as saying.
As the unrest spread across the country, protesters saying they were tired of anti-Western slogans along with also also of which of which was time for both the clerical leadership along with also also the government of President Hassan Rouhani to step down.
The demonstrators include members of the working class as well as educated Iranians coming from the middle class, which formed the backbone of pro-reform protests in 2009.
Following six days of demonstrations, the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Wednesday of which of which had deployed forces to quell unrest in three provinces where most of the trouble had occurred.
of which was the clearest sign yet of which authorities were taking the protests seriously.
The Revolutionary Guards, the sword along with also also shield of Iran’s Shi’ite theocracy, were instrumental in suppressing an uprising over alleged election fraud in 2009 in which dozens were killed.