More on Iranian protests

The Iranian government has claimed ‘sedition’ is defeated, while the US openly promotes the protests, with President Trump tweeting “Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

RNZ – Iran protests: General declares ‘sedition’ defeated

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has declared the defeat of the “sedition” in the country, referring to a wave of anti-government protests.

Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari made the announcement as tens of thousands of people attended pro-government rallies called to counter the unrest.

Gen Jafari said: “Today, we can say that this is the end of the 96 sedition,” referring to the current year – 1396 – in the Persian calendar.

He said “security preparedness and people’s vigilance” had led to the defeat of “enemies” and that the Guards had only intervened in a “limited” way in three provinces.

He added: “There were a maximum of 1,500 people in each place and the number of troublemakers did not exceed 15,000 people nationwide.”

The “enemies” had tried to pose “cultural, economic and security threats against Islamic Iran”, he said.

The general blamed anti-revolutionary agents, pro-monarchists and forces which he said had been “announced by [US-ex Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton to create riot, anarchy, insecurity and intrigue in Iran”.

Clinton still gets blamed for a lot of things in the US, but I’d be surprised if she created the Iranian protests.

And there were also counter protests.

State television broadcast some of the pro-government rallies live.

Some marchers carried Iranian flags and images of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In the city of Qom, marchers chanted “death to American mercenaries”. Chants elsewhere included “the blood in our veins is a gift to our leader” and “the seditionist rioters should be executed”.

It could get messy – if not suppressed, which could also be messy.

I wouldn’t rely on the right sort of support at thee right time from the US – history is littered with rebellions being left in the lurch after prior promises – Trump will do what he thinks is best for him and perhaps for the US.

On Tuesday, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley branded as “complete nonsense” Iran’s suggestion that external enemies were fomenting the unrest.

She said: “The people of Iran are crying out for freedom. All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause.”

That’s as hard core propaganda as from the Iranian government.

While the US tries to stir things up in Iran:

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12 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  January 4, 2018

    On Tuesday, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley branded as “complete nonsense” Iran’s suggestion that external enemies were fomenting the unrest.

    Bullshit Nikki, you & Trumpy have being doing your best to stir it up since it started, & Trump since before it started.

    Footage shown of huge pro-regime, pro-Supreme Leader rallies on Aljazeera tv showed they were all middle aged & older, mostly males – the indoctrinated, ignorant, Muslims who surrendered to Khomeini & theocratic dictatorship. It’d be great to see these backward religious dictators felled by their own young people eventually.

    But threats tweeted at them by the bellicose Trump, & harangues from the dominatrix he’s installed at the UN, are more likely to see them fall into line with seeing Trump as the enemy, not their benefactor.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 4, 2018

    But threats tweeted at them by the bellicose Trump, & harangues from the dominatrix he’s installed at the UN, are more likely to see them fall into line with seeing Trump as the enemy, not their benefactor.

    You’ve gone politically cross-eyed, Sir Gerald. Trump’s threats were directed at the regime, not the protesters. But you want the regime to see Trump as the enemy?? Go have a lie down.

    • Gezza

       /  January 4, 2018

      Yes, I realised after I posted it that it was poorly worded, but I thought I might get away with it because mostly nobodies read what I write. I’ll clarify with what I really meant.

      But “support” tweeted at them by the bellicose Trump, & harangues against Iran from the dominatrix he’s installed at the UN, are more likely to see more Iranians fall into line with seeing Trump as the enemy, not their benefactor.

  3. Gezza

     /  January 4, 2018

    One of the things that fascinates me about Muslim protests is no matter where they’re happening they always seem to have scores of signs reading “Death To … ” whoever, or whatever. Death To Trump! Death To Khameni! Death To Pork! Death To Cartoonists! What is it with these people? Death Death Death to everything. Why can’t they just say “Short Pants Don’t Suit Me!?”

  4. Gezza

     /  January 4, 2018

    Pretty good sound for an early four-piece band. Great sax playing there.