As Trump Tweets, Iran's Supreme Leader Blames 'Enemies' For Protests

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems

Iran's supreme leader reportedly said on Tuesday that Tehran's enemies are behind the protests.

United States president Donald Trump supported the protesters in a tweet on Monday that ended with the phrase: 'TIME FOR CHANGE!'

On his website, he said he would address the nation about the recent events "when the time is right".

On Tuesday, he said the U.S. is "watching" as the "people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime".

"The economic situation is awful, people are suffering, people are not seeing results", said Ariannejad, who has lived in Canada for about 20 years but has family in Iran.

A fifth night of unrest Monday to Tuesday saw six protesters killed during an attack on a police station in Qahderijan in the central province of Isfahan, state TV said.

Monday marked the first night to see a fatality among Iran's security forces. In a video that went viral, a woman can be seen shouting "Death to Khamenei" at officers while they look on.

Numerous videos showed some crowds of people chanting "Death to the dictator!" walking through the streets of Tehran.

In 2009, pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets of the capital city of Tehran.

The unrest in Iran appears leaderless and focused on provincial towns and cities, with only small and sporadic protests in Tehran amid a heavy police presence.

In contrast, latest protests are isolated from other countries in the region. Protesters have even been vandalizing pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei; the ultimate act of defiance in Iran.

Those protests started in the city of Mashhad on December 28 before spreading to other cities. Protesters are largely people in their 20s complaining about economic hardships. "Our economy needs an operation".

The smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems in the capital Tehran
The smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest

The Iranian Security Forces: In 2009, protests against the allegedly rigged results of the presidential election were crushed by Iran's security forces.

A more aggressive follow up could be to stretch the mullahs to the brink by ramping up military opposition to Iran's proxies in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen.

Head of the Revolutionary Court Mousa Ghazanfarabadi warned on Tuesday the arrested protesters could be charged with "moharebeh" -"war against God"- which carries the death penalty.

On Sunday, Iran blocked access to Instagram and the popular messaging app Telegram used by activists to organize.

"The Iranian people are rising up in over 79 locations throughout the country", Haley told the council.

"These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program, which the Iranian regime prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people", US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

"The United States and its allies should, through public statements, private messages, U.N. resolutions and whatever other vehicles are available, clearly express their support for Iranians' right to protest". They come from Iran's equivalents of "red states" and "blue states" alike. Trump tweeted on January 1 that the upheaval shows Iran is "failing at every level" and that it was "TIME FOR CHANGE!"

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside of Iran, people are affected by tear gas fired by anti-riot Iranian police to disperse demonstrators. "They are hungry for food & for freedom".

Two years after nuclear sanctions were removed thanks to Iran's deal with the West, "the hopes of President [Hassan] Rouhani and the concerns heard in Israel that the deal would lead to a wave of foreign investments which would skyrocket the Iranian economy to new highs have not transpired", she wrote. The Russian Embassy sent out a comment from the Russian Foreign Ministry warning that external interference could further wreak havoc.

Iran's reformist politicians also blamed the violence on "the enemies of Iran".

Iran's recovery has been curbed by tensions with the United States. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo says US leaders have "incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts" and the USA government has been intervening "in a grotesque way in Iran's internal affairs".

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