In wake of Iran protests, should Canada reopen embassy in Tehran?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was apprehended during a visit to the western city of Busehehr on December 28 according to Al Quds Al-Arabi

The protests, which began over economic hardships suffered by the young and working class, spread to more than 80 cities and towns and has resulted in 22 deaths and more than 1,000 arrests, according to Iranian officials.

The violent clashes, which claimed the lives of at least 21 people, were the biggest challenge to the Iranian government's authority since mass demonstrations in 2009. About 1000 were previously reported to have been detained during nearly a week of demonstrations.

"The government of Rouhani considers that they possess and control the land and that the Iranian people are nothing more than an uninformed society that doesn't know better", said Ahmadinejad.

"We should avoid putting the country in a situation that would allow enemies to take advantage", Rouhani said following a Cabinet meeting.

Retired U.S. military officers, members of Congress and former U.S. ambassadors were among 52 U.S. national security experts who signed a letter released on Monday urging President Donald Trump's administration not to jeopardize the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran.

Hadi, who asked RFE/RL not to publish his last name, dismissed that and other steps as mere attempts to ward off public anger in the short term and said he thought such tactics have lost their effectiveness. The demonstrators' slogans questioned everything from the price of eggs to the legitimacy of the highest levels of government, as viewers from around the world sought to pin down the precise motivations for their displeasure. "I think it's very important that we stand up and say that we understand the Iranian people".

Hadi talked of his own frustration at being accepted into Iran's Islamic Azad University but being unable to afford the school's fees.

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Protesting without government permit is strictly illegal in Iran, with perpetrators being threatened with a lengthy jail sentence, and some have even warned that they could face the death penalty.

As for the "fake" Republican JCPOA opponents, President Trump should ignore them when he makes his decision on the fate of the nuclear deal this month. The protests quickly raised the hopes of those overseas who want to see an end to the Islamic Republic.

Mohamed Mohsen Abul-Nour, Egyptian researcher in Iranian affairs, expressed his belief that the US support for the Iranian protestors gives them confidence and energy to keep them going. From the other side, it is widely believed that the hard-liners were the ones who initially stoked the protests to embarrass Rouhani, only to see the demonstrations turn against the entire ruling establishment.

How could the Republican Guard surrender its slice of the Iranian economy and end its foreign interventions without imperiling its reason for being - to protect and promote the Iranian Islamic revolution?

Protesters denounced the money going to support these groups rather than helping people in Iran.

The recent protests saw some marchers chant against Iran's foreign wars, demanding the government focus first on those at home.

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