Iran: Protest over soaring cost of living

Thousands protest in Iran in anti-government demonstrations
Iranians protest inflation, govt 'mismanagement'
Author

30 December, 2017

In Mashhad, the second most populated city in Iran, capital of the northeastern province of Khorassan Razavi, the protest began in Shohada Square outside the Municipality building and quickly spread to a vast area. Iranian dissidents are talking about an "uprising" that may be more significant than the "Green Revolution" of 2009, and perhaps more hard for the government to suppress with violence, especially since some of the demonstrators have indicated a willingness to fight back, or to stand their ground in the face of police and militia action.

Nazar and the semi-official Ilna news agency reported that there were also smaller protests on Thursday in Neyshabour, Kashmar, Yazd and Shahroud.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Iran for a second day of protests yesterday as anger mounts over a growing economic crisis.

Some social media videos showed demonstrators chanting "Death to Rouhani" and "Death to the dictator".

Various chants appeared to target both Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, without naming him, and President Hassan Rohani.

Political rallies are rare in Iran, but demonstrations are often held over economic issues such as layoffs, nonpayment of salaries, and price hikes.

Some protestors have also criticized Iran's support of Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's civil war, in which the Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has played a major role.

5th death confirmed in Florida small plane crash
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said there were "no survivors" of the crash at Bartow Municipal Airport in Bartow, Florida. Mann said that when fire rescue crews arrived at the scene, the plane was already fully engulfed in flames.

Package of horse manure sent to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin
Most famously, he was pictured showing off money with his signature on them to his wife, Louise Linton . Authorities said that no one was evacuated from the area at any point.

Dave Chappelle to Drop Two Netflix Specials on New Year's Eve
Chappelle went on to say that the Trump supporters he met seemed like "decent folk" but that he "felt sorry for them". I didn't see one deplorable face in that group.

Videos posted on social media showed some protesters in Mashhad chanting slogans including "Death to the dictator" and "Death to Rohani", with police using water cannons to push back the crowds.

The initial cause of the protests was reportedly public anger over rising prices for food, a generally high inflation rate, and high unemployment.

Prominent conservative cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda called earlier for tough action against the protests.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency quoted Mohammad Rahim Norouzian, the Mashhad governor, as saying there was an illegal "No To High Prices" gathering in the city.

According to a BBC Persian investigation, Iranians have become 15 percent poorer in the past 10 years, on average.

Rouhani's government has faced criticism since his May re-election from both hardline opponents and disillusioned supporters, who had been expecting a broader economic recovery following the country's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and easing of worldwide sanctions.

Fars reported that protesters in Kermanshah chanted anti-government slogans such as "never mind Palestine, think about us", "death or freedom" and "political prisoners should be freed". About 3.2 million Iranians are jobless, out of a total population of 80 million.


More news


  • Chiefs will start Patrick Mahomes at QB Sunday

    Chiefs will start Patrick Mahomes at QB Sunday

    Kansas City can move on from Alex Smith and save $17 million, something that the team could really use with a tight cap situation. Patrick Mahomes will make his first National Football League start for the Chiefs, who have clinched the AFC West.
    NORAD Expects Santa To Arrive On Time For 2017 Christmas - Santa Tracker

    NORAD Expects Santa To Arrive On Time For 2017 Christmas - Santa Tracker

    A Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. The Norad Tracks Santa website at www.noradsanta.org is now live and available in eight languages.
    Trump performs first commutation of prison sentence as president

    Trump performs first commutation of prison sentence as president

    He will be on supervised release and still be responsible for the restitution imposed in his original sentence. The immigration-related charges against Rubashkin were dropped after he was convicted of fraud.
  • Moscow bus crashes into pedestrian passageway, killing 4

    Moscow bus crashes into pedestrian passageway, killing 4

    The driver reported a brake failure , making the bus unable to stop, the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation said. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin told reporters at the scene that an inspection of the entire Moscow bus fleet had been ordered.

    Lorton teen charged with murder of Reston couple

    Hours later, there was an early morning rendezvous between the Frickers' teen daughter and the suspect, Kuhn said. Buckley Kuhn-Fricker was an elder care expert and licensed attorney, according to her company website .
    Fingerprint Sensor Under The Display Technology Goes Into Mass Production

    Fingerprint Sensor Under The Display Technology Goes Into Mass Production

    Vivo might not be a known name in Western countries but it has emerged as a top-notch brand with quality phones in Asia. Vivo fell one position in Q2 but, thanks to its success in India, is expected to quickly regain a top five position.
  • Former football ace George Weah is new president of Liberia

    Former football ace George Weah is new president of Liberia

    Ms Sirleaf took office in 2006, after her predecessor President Taylor was forced out by rebels in 2003, ending a long civil war. He entered politics after his retirement in 2002 and is now a senator in Liberia's parliament.
    RI hangs on to second US House seat in population estimates

    RI hangs on to second US House seat in population estimates

    However, in the past year, the net number of individuals moving between Kentucky and other US states was positive, albeit small. Overall payroll employment during the period shrunk by 3,600 people, or 1.3 percent, which was the worst in the nation.

    De Bruyne makes it sweet 16 for awesome Man City

    Manchester City ran riot at the Etihad, extending their record winning run in the Premier League to 16 matches. "Statistics are good, but I have the feeling we can be much, much better".
  • Hamilton County again accepting Christmas trees to create mulch

    Hamilton County again accepting Christmas trees to create mulch

    Scout groups will distribute door hangers with contact information in their areas of work. If it doesn't, cut the tree in half or thirds, and put the pieces in the cart over time.
    Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda

    Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda

    Tillerson, the secretary of state, tried to interject, explaining that many were short-term travelers making one-time visits. The president lamented that more than 2,500 recipients were from Afghanistan, expressing concerns about terrorism.
    Three takeaways from Falcons' win over Bucs

    Three takeaways from Falcons' win over Bucs

    The Bucs, meanwhile, opened as a 4-point home underdog but the line was bet up almost three points and now the Falcons are -6 .5. However, the defense couldn't hold late and allowed a field goal with under a minute left to extend the losing streak.