Iran frees 440 people arrested during anti-government protests

Iranian authorities released 440 people arrested during anti-government protests some time ago. Meanwhile, several arrests were reportedly killed in custody.

A massive protest that began to protest against the difficult economic conditions of Iran, broke out in late December 2017. The protests spread to more than 80 cities and left 25 dead. The protest movement, which initially focused on price increases and alleged government corruption, shifted to the political dimension with a retreat call for Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

As reported by Reuters Tuesday (16/1/2018) , a number of Iranian justice officials have announced that more than 1,000 arrests were made in a number of areas. Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi said last week that at least 3,700 people were arrested.

Several people were reportedly killed in custody. Human rights activists have called for an independent inquiry into the incident.

Iran's Deputy Speaker Ali Motahari was quoted as saying by the IRNA declared 'one in Tehran and two prisoners in another province' . Iran's judicial authorities confirmed the existence of two deaths in custody, but it was said they committed suicide.

"More than 440 people previously arrested in the Tehran riots have been released," Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by Mehr . Dolatabadi says most of the arrests come from low-income families, ranging in age from 18-35 years.

The United States (US) Authority has imposed economic sanctions on 14 individuals and entities, related to the practice of human rights abuses in Iran and support for the program Iranian weapons. The United States backed anti-government protests in Iran and continued to criticize President Hassan Rouhani's government.

One of the sanctions imposed was the head of Iran's judicial authority, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, who is Khamenei's close ally. In a statement earlier this week, as quoted by the ISNA news agency Larijani called the imposition of sanctions against him as head of the judicial authority really outrageous. He insisted Iran would not remain silent to such treatment from the United States.

Khamenei in his statement on Jan. 2, declared Iran's enemies have used various means to deliver a blow to the country. No further mention of who the enemy is Khamenei. But it is known all this time Iran is always hostile to the US and Saudi Arabia.

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CIA denies role in anti-government protests in Iran

 US CIA intelligence chief Mike Pompeo has denied the CIA had a role in fueling recent anti-government protests in Iran.

In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said Iran's economic condition is not good at the moment.

"That's what causes people to take to the streets," Pompeo said as reported by the AFP news agency Monday (8/1/2018). He also denounced the Iranian regime which he claimed to cover the ears of the popular vote.

When questioned about Iran's Attorney-General Mohammad Javad Montazeri's claim that a CIA official had coordinated with Israel and Saudi Arabia – rivals Iran – to cooperate with a group of exiled Iranians to trigger a protest in Iran, Pompeo replied simply: "That is not true."

"These people of Iran – started by them, created by them, continued by them, which demands better living conditions and is free of the theocratic regime.

Anti-government rallies in several cities in Iran have turned violent to the death of at least 21 people. Violence begins with protests against rising prices of staples, called the biggest demonstrations since pro-reform rallies in 2009.

Protesters have ignored warnings issued by Iran's Interior Ministry to prevent them from holding " people".

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The Anti-Government Rally Prohibition, Iranian Citizens: Life Is Difficult

Massive demonstrations in various cities in Iran were triggered by citizens' complaints about worsening economic conditions. How is the real condition of Iran's economy in the eyes of its citizens?

"Life is very difficult, high prices really make me depressed My husband is a government employee but his salary is not enough for us to meet the necessities of life without having to owe," said Iranian named Farzaneh Mirzaie (42) who is the mother of two children, as reported AFP Tuesday (2/1/2017).

Mirzaie mentions most members of his family working in a carpet factory in Kashan, a city 250 kilometers south of Tehran, but recently they were dismissed.

"Factory owners can no longer afford the purchase thread for carpet production so he fired everyone.How can they survive? "

Mirzaie's story is one of many stories of Iranians, whose country is still trying to recover from international sanctions and poor economic management for years.

On Sunday (31/12) night, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the people have the right to protest, but should not involve acts of violence. After that statement, most of the protests in Tehran subsided, but similar actions in other cities are still rife.

"I think people actually do not like vandalism and arson, but this is the only way to make their voices heard, "said Nasser Khalaf, 52, who works for an oil company, but he claims to have two unemployed sons.

Most Iranians feel their country is not getting any results after decades of struggling with many difficulties – from the 1979 revolution , then a brutal war with Iraq for eight years in the 1980s, to the face of US sanctions.

"After 40 years, they (the Iranians-reds) just realized that all the difficulties were … in vain. I work in the community but I always feel depressed whether I will be fired tomorrow, "said Arya Rahmani (27) who works as a nurse. [MrRouhanisays'behaveintherightway'butwhatistheproperwayofdoingit?IfIcomeandsay'MrRouhaniIamaneducatedpersonbutIamanunemployedperson'anywayhewillnotcare"headded

Further, Iranians consider the government to fail to maximize Iran's great potential. "Our country is really like gold, whatever you look for, you can find it in Iran, but we do not get the most out of everything we have in our country," said Mirzaie.

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Emerging Video 2 Iranian anti-government protesters shot dead

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered the third day. A video showing two demonstrators lying motionless.

Quoted from Reuters Sunday (31/12/2017), a video was uploaded to social media from west of Dorud city. In the video there are two young men lying bloody and motionless.

"I will kill anyone who kills my brother," said someone recorded in the video.

confirmed the authenticity of the video. Until now the protests continue.

Protests to the government in Iran began in Mashhad on Thursday (28/12). They expressed their anger to the government because of the high price of the goods, and expressed their anger towards President Hassan Rouhani. Fifty-two people were arrested for shouting 'loud slogans'.

Protests then spread to other areas in northern Iran. At some point developed into anti-government demonstrations, calling for the release of political prisoners and the cessation of police beatings.

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Following the Anti-Government Demo Action, Iran Blocks Social Media

 The aftermath of a prolonged anti-government protest, Iran blocked social media. But this blocking is temporary.

AFP launches, one of the reasons Iran blocked social media is because it was scattered video depicting 2 demonstrators killed on Sunday (31/12/2017).

The local Interior Minister also warned the demonstrators would 'pay' for what is spread on social media about massive action.

Meanwhile Reuters states, Iran's reasons for temporarily blocking social media is to control the protests. Iranian television quoted a source related to the blockade.

The social media blocked include Instagram and Telegram. But there has been no announcement until when the blocking took place.

Mass action in Iran lasted since Thursday (28/12) which began protest against the price increase. The action then quickly spread to various parts of the region and the issue grew into the anti-government of Iran.
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