Jan 1, 2018

Unrest in Iran: 10 deaths, Trump tweets "TIME FOR CHANGE"

Iranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Ten people were killed overnight in anti-government protests sweeping Iran, according to state TV, via BBC.

President Trump tweeted this morning: "Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!"

More via BBC:

  • The unrest continued despite a call for calm from President Hassan Rouhani. In his first intervention, Rouhani warned yesterday that violence would not be tolerated.
  • Rouhani acknowledged grievances over Iran's economic situation, a lack of transparency and corruption, but defended his record.
  • The Iranian president said that citizens were "completely free to express their criticism of the government or stage protests... in a way that would lead to the improvement of the country's conditions" but warned against violent acts.

How it's playing ... L.A. Times lead story, "TRUMP TWEETS AS IRAN CRACKS DOWN President's support of protests may backfire as Tehran points to his 'rogue nation' insults at earlier U.N. event."

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