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Five things to know about the Iranian protests

GettyImages-899729394 Five things to know about the Iranian protests
Kelvin Reese | 01 January, 2018, 03:11

The company's CEO Pavel Durov tweeted that Iranian authorities took action after his company refused to shut down "peacefully protesting channels".

Protesters in Iran who have staged three days of demonstrations over economic hardship and alleged corruption should pay a high price if they break the law, the government said on Sunday.

Rouhani's main achievement, a 2015 deal with world powers that curbed Iran's nuclear program in return for a lifting of most global sanctions, is yet to bring the economic benefits the government promised.

Telegram in particular is very popular in Iran, with more than 50% of the country's 80m population said to be active on the app.

Iranian hard-liners who support President Rouhani, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the clerical establishment of the Islamic Republic came out in droves this weekend to retaliate against the demonstrators.

Rouhani said Sunday night that people have the right to protest, but those demonstrations should not make the public "feel concerned about their lives and security".

Rouhani will deliver a televised statement within the hour, the semi-official Iran Newspaper reported.

"Some meant to enter and damage some government places but the attackers did not manage to achieve their goals. and the town is under control", the unidentified official told the ILNA news agency.

There was no confirmation of widespread reports that at least two people had been shot dead in the small western town of Dorud.

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The church attack is part of a "ongoing crisis" in Egypt, said Omar Ashour, a professor of security studies at the Doha Institute. It also said there was a separate attack on a store in the same suburb of Helwan that killed two Copts.

"Big protests in Iran", he later added.

"Those who misused cyberspace and spread violence are absolutely known to us and we will definitely confront them", Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on state television.

The Iranian government is denying responsibility for the deaths and unrest.

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But local news reports said he also exhorted Iranians not to resort to violence, after reports of protesters attacking banks and municipal buildings across the nation, including a local government building in Tehran.

The authorities said security forces did not open fire on demonstrators, and blamed the deaths instead on Sunni Muslim extremists and foreign powers.

President Donald Trump is again cheering on the protesters in Iran, saying: "The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism".

Facebook itself has been banned in Iran since the 2009 protests that followed the re-election of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "Looks like they will not take it any longer", Trump wrote.

Rouhani pushed back on Trump's remarks, saying that he had no right to sympathize with protesters because he "called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago".

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