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Iran protests turn deadly: reports

By Rudaw 30/12/2017
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An unconfirmed number of protesters have been killed after Iranian forces opened fire on demonstrations, according to social media reports. 

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) reported at least six protesters were killed in Lorestan province and several were killed and four injured after Revolutionary Guards opened fire on demonstrators in Kermanshah province. 

Reuters reported on the shooting of at least two protesters by security forces in Dorud, Lorestan province.

Images and video shared on social media also showed protesters tearing down posters of Iranian figures like Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds force, and the Supreme Leader, and setting fire to government buildings. 

Rudaw cannot immediately independently confirm the casualties. 

The founder of Telegram, a popular messaging platform in Iran, announced the suspension of Amad News for contravening the platform’s rules prohibiting encouraging violence after the channel reportedly urged subscribers to “use Molotov cocktails against police.”

“Be careful – there are lines one shouldn’t cross,” Pavel Durov tweeted Saturday evening. 

Iranian authorities have alleged that the small but widespread protests, now in their third day, are being instigated by external forces.

US President Donald Trump reiterated his support for the protesters, taking to Twitter again on the subject. On Saturday, he tweeted experts on Iran from his speech to the UN General Assembly in September.

“The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change and, other than the vast military power of United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers,” Trump had stated, adding “Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever and the day will come when the people will face a choice.”

Tehran has dismissed Trump’s comments as “opportunist and hypocritical.”

“The noble Iranian nation never pays heed to the opportunist and hypocritical mottos chanted by the US officials and their interfering allegations on domestic developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said on Saturday.



pre-Boomer Marine brat | 31/12/2017
"domestic developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran" .... You mean, such as Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi saying judicial trials are un-Islamic, and that opponents of the government can and should be summarily shot? ... Or do you mean Ruhollah Khomeini making President Bani-Sadr flee for his life, after Bani-Sadr pleaded for regulation and taxation of the corrupt bonyads which line the Iranian clergy's pockets?
Paul Charpentier | 31/12/2017
Iran is an islamist imperialist power , very expanionist and agressive. Properly speaking there is no an iranian nation , it is just the rule of the dominant Persians over other four different nations subjugated to the Persian thyrany. Trump must restitute those four oppressed nations their freedom and independence. Iran must be divided into five independent new smaller countries living in peace with each others and with the rest of the world and without islamic nuclear missiles.
duroi | 31/12/2017
Following the events in Syria and Iraq, the Iranians have now realized that the regime in Tehran is alien to the Iranians and its joining Baghdad to attack the Kurds in Iraq was the ultimate sign of betrayal for Iran people. The Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq should now provide tens of thousands of troops to the Kurds in Iran to liberate Rojhalat and march to Tehran as a liberation army and bring down this alien regime and to crush the head of snake pushing Baghdad and Damascus to damage Kurdish interests. It will be a mistake to let this historic opportunity to slip by while the Ayatollah most loyal forces are engaged in Syria, Yaman and Iraq.
guest2002 | 31/12/2017
shiia jihadis RULING IRAN WILL PAY for 40 years of murder,rape,oppression and thievery .hang them high!!!!
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