At least 13 killed in Iran's anti-government protest

At least 13 killed in Iran's anti-government protest

And when this regime finally falls, and one day it will, Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again.

Other social-media videos from different Iranian cities showed clashes with security forces and a police station set alight.

There were reports on social media late on Tuesday of more unrest, although it is not possible to confirm it independently or the exact timing.

Earlier on Wednesday, pro-government demonstrators gathered in at least 10 cities, including Tehran, to condemn the rallies that put Iran in turmoil for nearly a week, according to state media.

"We are together behind the leader", chanted the demonstrators, in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

At least 30 people were killed and thousands arrested in the wave of protests, which drew the largest crowds in Iran since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Khamenei, the ultimate authority in a cumbersome system of dual clerical and republican rule, said he would address the nation about the recent events "when the time is right".

Mahmodi said he hopes Iranians overthrow the current religious regime and put in place a secular government.

The head of the army, General Abdolrahim Mousavi, thanked security forces for "putting out the fire of sedition".

The number of people killed has now risen to at least 21 after more violence against the extremist government on Monday night.

Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli calls on the public to avoid "illegal gatherings" as "they will create problems for themselves".

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The statement said "the United States and their agents.have encouraged the troublemakers and the violent actions".

Luckily for President Trump, he has a much easier job in not giving Rouhani what he wants.

In a tweet, the US President wrote: "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government".

Trump should make it plain that repression in Iran is not acceptable - and that Americans support those who seek freedom in that country.

"The regime's argument that the world is against us is a constant for 38 years", Takeyh said in a telephone interview. Though the sanctions were lifted by the Obama administration, there has been indefinite uncertainty about whether the Trump administration might reinstate them.

President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that the united Iranian nation will stand firm against a small group of foreign-induced rioters that have tried to hijack recent peaceful protests in the country, saying any protest should be organized in compliance with the regulations.

Online messaging and photo sharing platforms Telegram and Instagram remained blocked on mobile phones, having been interrupted soon after protests began. The Rouhani administration has two options: it can follow the example of its predecessors ([Ali Akbar Hashemi] Rafsanjani after the protests of the early 1990s and [Mohammad] Khatami after the 1999 student uprising) and opt for a more cautious path; or capitalise on public discontent to push the system towards more genuine reforms.

Last month, the president released details of next year's budget, which calls for an increase in fuel prices and a cut in cash subsidies.

On the streets of the capital, there is widespread sympathy with the economic grievances driving the unrest, particularly an unemployment rate as high as 40 percent for young people.

Mr Khamenei did not mention "enemies" by name but Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, said the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia were behind the protests.

People stand near a burning vehicle in Tuyserkan, Hamadan Province, Iran, December 31, 2017 in this still image taken from video.

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