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Peaceful Protests Constitutional Right of Iranians – President Rouhani

© Sputnik/ Aleksey Nikolskyi
Sputnik – 31.12.2017

Protests and criticism, not involving violence, are the constitutional rights of the Iranians, the country’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

Since Thursday, Iran has been rocked by the largest protests over the past years. Thousands have been protesting across Iran against poverty and unemployment. The protesters have been chanting slogans, criticizing Rouhani and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Earlier in the day, Tehran’s mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi said that traffic in some part of the city had been disrupted due to the rallies, adding that some municipal properties, including a number of bus stations, suffered damages during the protests.

“Protest, criticism constitutional rights of people… Criticism different from violence, inflicting damage on public properties,” Rouhani said as quoted by Iranian Press TV broadcaster in the outlet’s Twitter post.

The protests have been suppressed in Iran’s second most populous city of Mashhad by the authorities who used tear gas against the demonstrators.

Earlier on Sunday, authorities of the country’s western Lorestan province confirmed that two people had died during the protests in the province. The local authorities added, however, that the security forces had not opened fire at protesters.

Officials from several countries, including UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, have expressed concerns over the rallies in Iran, calling on the country’s authorities to ensure the citizens’ right to peaceful demonstration.

December 31, 2017 - Posted by | Civil Liberties | ,

2 Comments »

  1. Are these protests organic in origins among the Iranian people? Or, are outsiders/subversives instigating these demonstrations?

    Comment by rediscover911com | December 31, 2017 | Reply

  2. “Protests and criticism, not involving violence, are the constitutional rights of the Iranians, the country’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday”
    The American government seems to relish the thought of “uprisings” by the Iranian people. But, God help the American people if they try the same thing. The Dept of Homeland Security is ready, willing, and able to stamp it out………(in the “Home of the Brave, and the Land of the Free”)

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | December 31, 2017 | Reply


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