Arrested during Iran Unrest

Arrested during Iran Unrest

Protests against bad economic conditions, regional military interference and perceived government corruption erupted across Iran on December 28.

Mentioning the risks of single-product export for the country's economy, the President added: "Without a doubt, creating variety in non-oil exports further decreases economic vulnerability". If successful, it might change the landscape of Iran and the world forever.

"We now see that Iranians are willing to take profound risks to challenge the regime directly in a way we have not seen in years", Maloney said.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has declared that Washington has "no beef" with the people of Iran, merely their government.

Since the protests began, the Iranian regime has worked to suppress social media throughout the country and get its arms around this recent movement.

Officials figures suggested more than 20 people have been killed in the unrest, but the NCRI - Iran's opposition in exile - puts the figure at more than double that. A judiciary official announced on Tuesday that a detainee in Arak, a town approximately 200 kilometers south of Tehran, had died after committing suicide, according to Mizan, the official website. To date, 3,700 people have been arrested for protesting, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Iran signed the accord with six world powers, agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of many global sanctions, but US President Donald Trump has condemned the deal and threatened to pull out.

Haroonian and other Iranian-Jewish activists are in the minority for being more vocal in their support of the protestors in Iran.

If as Trump says, we wish the Iranian people well, how do we justify scraping the nuclear deal in which Iranians have placed so much hope, and reimposing the sanctions that will restore the hardships of yesterday?

"The Trump Administration is deeply concerned by reports that the Iranian regime has imprisoned thousands of ‎Iranian citizens in the past week for engaging in peaceful protests". Furthermore, there are reports that the Iranian Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, as part of the Iranian government crackdown on the demonstrators, were found to be asking viewers to surrender the identities of those demonstrators.

The protesters are also telling Rouhani's "reformers", in power now for five years, that they, too, have failed.

Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said last week that the people and security forces had ended the unrest, which it said was fomented by Iran's foreign enemies.

Afshari predicted the latest wave of protests would mark a "turning point" in Iran's modern political history.

Hadi said he was frustrated at Rohani for abandoning social and economic promises: "He should take action, not just talk".

"Even if there are no more protests [right now], it will explode one day", Hadi said.

Haley targeted the regime's neglect of the public's well-being in exchange for supporting proxies throughout the region, noting that the average Iranian family is 15 percent poorer than a decade ago.