Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Iranian cleric wants 'firm' action against protesters

Iranian cleric wants 'firm' action against protesters

United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein separately urged Iranian authorities "to handle the wave of protests that have taken place around the country with great care so as not to further inflame violence and unrest".

Following six days of demonstrations, the Revolutionary Guard said on Wednesday it had deployed forces to quell unrest in three provinces where most of the trouble had occurred, in the clearest sign authorities were taking the protests seriously. But state media ignored cell phone video of protesters tearing down likenesses of Khamenei in Noor Abad, 200 miles southwest of Iran's capital, Tehran.

In October 2017, US President Donald Trump refused to confirm to the US Congress that Iran strictly abides the nuclear deal but at the same time he did not question compliance on the global level.

"We warn the U.S. against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran", Sergei Ryabkov, the Russian deputy foreign minister said in an interview with state news agency TASS.

"The true underlying reason for convening today's session lies not in attempts to protect the human rights and interests of Iranian people but in a veiled attempt to use the current moment to continue the line towards derailing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which aims to settle the situation around Iran's nuclear program", Nebenzya said. "China takes note of the recent domestic developments of Iran", Wu admitted, adding Beijing trusted the Iranian government with doing what needs to be done to keep the country stable.

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Iranian UN Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo accused the United States of "bullying" and "abusing" its power to summon a meeting of the Security Council on a matter he said was "outside the scope of its mandate".

State television showed rallies and marches in more than a dozen cities with demonstrators waving Iranian flags and chanting slogans including "Death to America", "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain".

"The move by the United States to bring to this council protests in Iran by some of our citizens for legitimate grievances some exacerbated by none other than USA itself in its dereliction of its obligation under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] is an abuse of its power as a permanent member and an abuse of the council itself", Khoshroo said on Friday.

A police spokesman said most of those arrested were "duped" into joining the unrest and had been freed on bail, the state news agency IRNA reported.

Iran's army chief has said that while local police forces had mostly quelled the unrest, army troops remain ready to intervene if needed.

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"However, the leaders of the troubles are in the hands of the judiciary and in prison", he added. Tehran University Vice-President Majid Sarsangi has said the university had set up a committee to track them.

Separately, a member of parliament said about 90 students were detained, 10 of whom were still not accounted for.

"One of the issues addressed by deputies and the parliament speaker was that of detained students, and it was decided that the Intelligence Ministry would vigorously pursue this and submit a report by next week", said Nemati, quoted by IRNA.

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