One person killed in anti-government protest in Tunisian town

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

One person was killed on Monday during clashes between security forces and protesters in a Tunisian town, the government said, as demonstrations over rising prices and tax increases spread in the North African country. A man was killed during a protest against government austerity measures in Tebourba, 40 km (25 miles) west of Tunis, the interior ministry said in a statement. He had had chronic breathing problems and died due to suffocation from inhaling tear gas, it said. The protest had turned ...

At US request, UN Security Council to meet today on Iran protests

Friday, 5 January 2018

The UN Security Council is planning an emergency meeting about Iran on Friday, after the US asked the world body to show support for Iran’s anti-government protesters. With council members divided in their views of the demonstrations that have roiled the Islamic Republic, it’s not yet clear how the discussion will take shape or what might come out of it. Alma Konurbayeva, a spokeswoman for current council president Kazakhstan, confirmed that Friday afternoon’s meeting is about ...

Why is LA’s large Iranian community cheering anti-regime protests

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Many in Los Angeles’ Iranian expatriate community, the largest in the United States, are heartened by anti-government street protests back home but want to make sure international focus stays on what they see as a struggle for democracy. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution and are concentrated in a neighborhood on the city’s west side nicknamed “Tehrangeles” dotted with Persian shops and restaurants. The community is welcoming ...

Nobel peace laureate Ebadi urges Iranians to keep up protests

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has urged the people of Iran to engage in civil disobedience and press on with nationwide protests that are posing the boldest challenge to its leaders since pro-reform unrest in 2009. The pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat quoted Iran’s most famous human rights lawyer as saying Iranians should stay on the street and that the constitution gives them the right to protest. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have deployed forces to three provinces ...

Who are the post-Khomeini youth currently leading the Iran protests?

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The protests currently sweeping Iran are being considered the largest challenge to the Iranian regime since the Green Movement uprising in 2009 after the re-election of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The demonstrations are currently being led by a new generation of youth who were born after the death of Ruhollah Khomeini, who lead the Iranian Revolution in 1979, in 1989. They are currently marching against his regime that has led Iran for more than 30 years. This generation of youth are ...

Do protests in Iranian cities point to a social revolution?

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The year 2018 has just begun and many believe it will prove decisive year for Iran, the Middle East, and the world. Changes in Syria and Yemen are on the horizon and it is even likely that the Iranian regime is overthrown. Towards the end of 2017, major cities of Iran witnessed angry protestors who took to the streets to protest corruption and dictatorship by chanting ‘death to dictator” and “no to Gaza, no to Lebanon”. Spontaneous revolt Referring to reports and video ...

WATCH: Video allegedly documents Iranian security forces killing protesters

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A video was widely shared on social media on Tuesday allegedly showing security forces shooting at protesters in Iran, while their bodies get dragged away from the gunfire. The video titled “Documentation of security forces killing protesters” was re-shared by the Iranian Affairs Twitter account, which has more than 600,000 followers. A man hiding behind a building shot the video on his mobile phone. People are seen running away from the range of gunfire, while others try to drag ...

Protests in Iran: Death toll rises to 12 as hundreds arrested

Monday, 1 January 2018

Iranian state TV has reported that 12 people have been killed amid nationwide protests, without elaborating. Among the 10 were two protesters who were shot dead overnight in the small town of Izeh in southwestern Iran, a member of parliament told Iranian media on Monday. "People of Izeh, like some other cities, held a protest against economic problems and unfortunately it led to the killing of two people and injuries to some others," the area's MP, Hedayatollah Khademi, told the ILNA ...

Protests continue in at least a dozen cities throughout Iran

Friday, 29 December 2017

As protesters continue to take to streets in Iran and shout anti-government slogans against high prices, a top cleric in the second largest city of Mashhad has called for tough action by security forces. According to reports from the network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) inside the country, the anti-regime protests in Iranian cities have spread throughout the country on Friday. There were demonstrations in at least a dozen cities throughout Iran including Qom ...

Thousands take part in Morocco mass protest after coal mine deaths

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Thousands of protesters in northeastern Morocco on Wednesday called for “jobs and development” in the fourth day of mass protests since two miners died in a shuttered coal pit. “No to marginalization,” cried the mostly young demonstrators in the main square of the impoverished city of Jerada. On Friday, two brothers died in a tunnel accident 85 meters below ground, sparking the fury of residents over what they view as state neglect. ALSO READ: World War II vet to get ...

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