Protests continues despite Iran denials

Social media accounts in Iran are full of videos and blogs detailing further protests in Iran, despite a ranking military official insisting that a week of anti-government demonstrations had ended.

Demonstrators attend a pro-government rally in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran.

Demonstrators attend a pro-government rally in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran.

One video showed people chanting against Supreme Leader Ayattolah Ali Khameini.

News agency Tasmin also reported of 28 arrests in Birjand for illegal assembly. The reports could not be independently verified.

Additionally, there were reports of an EU resident being arrested in the city of Borujerd, in the country's west. Hamid-Rest Bolhassani, the city's top judicial official, confirmed the arrest.

Allegedly, he was trained by European intelligence services and sent to Borujerd to help manage the protests, Bolhassani told Tasnim. He did not say from which country the man came and whether the person also had Iranian citizenship.

Khameini and other hard-liners in the country's theocratic leadership have insisted for days that the protests are being fomented by foreign powers. President Hassan Rowhani has dismissed such charges, saying that some leaders are not willing to understand that the protesters have grassroots complaints about jobs and freedoms.

A Thursday scan of social media drew in reports of protests in the cities of Nowshahr, Bandar Abbas, Ahvaz and Dezful. The protests have so far been concentrated in the provinces and barely made headway in bigger cities.

They seem to have started as protests and economic and foreign policy, but have become more anti-government as time has passed.

Precise information about the marches is difficult to obtain. State media report little, if anything, about them, while authorities have shut down or slowed the internet at peak protest times to block the spread of information.

Back To Top
feedback