Iran announced that it had lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council against US intervention in its internal affairs. The IRGC said it had deployed its forces in three provinces, but the protests continued overnight in several areas.
The Iranian mission to the United Nations on Wednesday sent a letter sent by the Iranian delegate Gholam Ali Khoshro to the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which “drew your attention to the recent attempts by the United States recently to intervene in the internal affairs of Iran.”
On the other hand, US President Donald Trump said in his latest comments on what is going on in Iran that he has full respect for the Iranian people “while trying to regain power from the corrupt government”. “You will find great support from the United States in a timely manner,” he said.
At the same time, a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the White House was considering imposing new sanctions on elements or supporters of the Iranian regime involved in cracking down on protests in Iran, which began on Thursday December 28 and killed 22 And arrested hundreds.
The protestors continued their protests last night, as hundreds took to the streets in Malair, Hamdan province shouting “people begging and the Supreme Guide acts as God.”
Demonstrations on social networking sites showed protesters in the northern town of Nushar chanting “Death to the dictator,” apparently referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Night protests came out after thousands participated in other pro-government demonstrations in several cities on Wednesday morning. State television broadcast live footage of rallies in cities across the country, where demonstrators held Iranian flags and portraits of Khamenei, who has been leading the republic since 1989.
“The blood in our veins is a sacrifice for the leader,” the demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Khamenei. “We will not leave our leader alone.” They accused the United States, Israel and Britain of inciting the protests and chanted slogans calling for the execution of “rogue rioters.”
The commander-in-chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said he considered these demonstrations to be an end to what he called “sedition” in Iran. On the other hand, he said that “in this sedition, the number of those gathered in one place was 1,500 people, and the number of rioters did not exceed 15,000 people throughout the country.”
Deployment of the Revolutionary Guards
Jafari said he had sent Revolutionary Guard troops to the provinces of Isfahan, Lurstan and Hamdan to confront the “new sedition”; most of the deaths of protests in those provinces. Reuters reported that the intervention of the Revolutionary Guard was a key factor in the suppression of protests in 2009 in Iran, which killed dozens of demonstrators.
In his statements, Jafari accused the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of including elements of the Islamic state organization in Iran, in order to carry out bombings and terrorist acts.
Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Guard said in a statement that three of its members were killed in armed confrontations with those who described opponents of the revolution in the border area of Piranshahr in northwestern Iran.
From time to time, there are armed confrontations between Revolutionary Guard elements and Kurdish separatist militants based in northern Iraq.
On the other hand, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan by telephone that he hoped the protests would end within a few days.
On the other hand, Reza Pahlavi, son of the late Shah of Iran, said in an interview with Reuters that he wanted the Iranians to “decide their fate with their own free will.”
He praised US President Donald Trump and his administration for supporting protesters in Iran, but added that they should also take steps to ensure Iranians access to the social media and communication they use to share videos and messages documenting protests and clashes with security forces.
Source: Al Jazeera + Agencies
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