In jab at hardliners, Rouhani says Iran protests were not only economic

Rouhani delivers remarks at a news conference during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City

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. He also said the strengthening of economic cooperation between Iran and the European Union member states is of great significance. If successful, it might change the landscape of Iran and the world forever.

Echoing some of his campaign rhetoric, Rouhani said on Monday people should be allowed to criticize all Iranian officials, with no exception.

The President also ordered the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade and the Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, as well as the Governor of the Central Bank to take measures to increase costs so that the exporters of state and private sectors can directly export their products to target countries.

"The Iranian regime. this is a theocracy, a democratic dictatorship that's been in place for 40 years, in a government that has a lot of blood on its hands, and you know it's Canada's duty I think, its obligation to speak out forcefully for the protection of human rights in that country".

The local authorities are likely to detain Ahmadinejad under house arrest with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's approval, the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper added, citing "reliable sources in Tehran".

In a statement, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the Trump administration is "deeply concerned" by reports that thousands of peaceful protesters have been arrested amid massive anti-government protests, and called other reports that some prisoners had been tortured or killed "even more disturbing".

Others believe that the United States keeps adding fuel to the Sunni-Shiite conflict to make sure it would make good arm deals with Saudi Arabia that seeks US protection. Fear of reprisals probably kept some people away from the protests, but so did worry over chaos that might result from unrest and hope that gains could still be made within the system.

In jab at hardliners, Rouhani says Iran protests were not only economic

On Sunday, Tehran prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, said that 70 of the detained protesters have been released on bail during the last 48 hours.

Once the protests broke out in earnest, he immediately backed the people driving them, tweeting that the "Iranian government should respect their people's rights, including their right to express themselves", and that "the world is watching".

Haroonian and other Iranian-Jewish activists are in the minority for being more vocal in their support of the protestors in Iran.

The protesters are also telling Rouhani's "reformers", in power now for five years, that they, too, have failed.

"Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from overseas that you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too".

"So we stand in solidarity with people who want to walk in the streets to express their political opinions peacefully". The protests are the largest seen in Iran since 2009's "Twitter Revolution" or "Green Movement".

Iran is part democracy, part theocratic regime.

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