As we reported days ago, riots broke out across Iran, throwing the Islamic Republic into turmoil. What began as protests over rising prices and stagnant wages, morphed into full-blown anti-government riots.
Now the riots have grown into all but outright rebellion against the fundamentalist government.
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The Iranian regime has warned protesters will ‘pay the price’ after demonstrators burned flags, attacked government buildings and set fire to pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a third night of unrest.
Officials promised to use an ‘iron fist’ to crush dissent, raising fears of widespread bloodshed after two activists were shot dead in the city of Dorud overnight.
The government has confirmed the deaths, but said the men were killed by ‘foreign agents’ and not the security forces.
Video posted on social media showed two young men lying on the ground and covered with blood as a voice over said they had been shot dead by police.
In the video below, Iranian rioters sent the govt hq up in flames.
The besieged Islamic Republic slammed the brakes on the internet in an attempt to hide the depth of insurrection and any human rights violations that the Ayatollah’s secret police are going to commit trying to maintain control of Iran, as AFP reports.
Iran cut access to social media on Sunday in a bid to head off further protests after days of unrest that saw two people killed and dozens arrested.
The interior minister warned protesters will “pay the price” as footage on social media showed thousands marching across the country overnight in the biggest test for the Islamic republic since mass demonstrations in 2009.
The spate of demonstrations began in second city Mashhad on Thursday over high living costs, but quickly spread throughout the country and turned against the Islamic system as a whole, with slogans such as “Death to the dictator”.
In an apparent attempt to stave off more unrest, the authorities began blocking access to photo sharing and online messaging services on mobile phones, including Telegram, which the government accused of being used to foment violence, local media and Telegram’s CEO said.
President Donald Trump said the “big protests” showed people “were getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism”.
“Looks like they will not take it any longer,” he wrote on Twitter, warning that Washington is “watching very closely for human rights violations!”
Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 31st, 2017
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