Canada expresses support for people protesting in Iran

Canada expresses support for people protesting in Iran

Canada expresses support for people protesting in Iran

Protesters "must certainly know that improper behavior will be to their detriment, and the nation will come out and stand against these actions and throw a hard punch in their faces", the Revolutionary Guard's commander for security in Tehran, Brigadier General Esmail Kowsari, said according to a statement carried by the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency late Saturday.

The Foreign Ministry in Tehran dismissed Trump's comments, saying "the Iranian people place no value or credibility in the opportunistic claims of USA officials or of Mr. Trump himself".

Slogans such as "Death to the dictator" have been heard throughout the protests.

Telegram's CEO previously said the app had been blocked for the majority of Iranians.

The protests, which began in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Thursday, present a serious challenge to President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Rouhani said Sunday night that people have the right to protest, but those demonstrations should not make the public "feel concerned about their lives and security".

Iranian media also reported the disruption.

Two people were killed overnight, becoming the first deaths attributed to the rallies.

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There was no confirmation of widespread reports that at least two people had been shot dead in the small western town of Dorud.

The protests have expanded to cities across the Islamic Republic in the days since.

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They are also hard for the government of President Hassan Rouhani because he was elected on a promise to guarantee rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

But the anti-government protests appear to have been driven in large part by poorer sections of society, angry over high unemployment, soaring prices and financial scandals.

Iranian Communications Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi had earlier accused channels like Amadnews of promoting "armed uprising and social unrest".

Violence flared in many places on Saturday, and videos posted online suggest demonstrations have continued in a dozen or more cities on Sunday.

The local authorities added, however, that the security forces had not opened fire at protesters.

Mass demonstrations - referred to as the Green Movement - were held by millions of opposition supporters against the disputed election victory of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The protests have erupted at a time of deepening strains between Iran and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has imposed additional sanctions on Tehran and has threatened to scuttle the nuclear accord. Looks like they will not take it any longer.

In his first public comments, Mr Rouhani criticised Mr Trump.

"This man, who is an enemy of the Iranian nation from the top of his head to his very toes, has no right to sympathise with Iranians", he added.

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