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Iran: 2nd peaceful night in Tehran, new pro-regime rallies in the provinces

Ⓒ AFP – ATTA KENARE – | Photo taken January 3, 2018 in downtown Tehran, the Iranian capital

Tehran and most Iranian cities had a quiet second night, after several days of protests in the country, while major pro-regime protests again took place on Thursday morning according to state television.

Media and social media have reported no overnight demonstrations in Tehran, and the vast majority of provincial towns have also been quiet, although some sporadic video footage has been published but can not be verified.

In the morning, the Iranian TV broadcast images of new important events in support of power in the cities of Isfahan (center), Mashhad (north-east), Oroumieh (north-west), Babol or Ardebil (north).

“We are all together, behind the guide,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, chanted these protesters, according to the images of the television.

The demonstrators also take up the slogans “death to America”, “death to Israel” or “death to monafegh”, (hypocritical in Persian), a term which designates in the mouths of the authorities the Mojahedin of the people, main group of opposition in exile, banned in Iran.

Already on Wednesday, tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in twenty other provincial cities to support the power and condemn the violence.

The authorities accuse the “counterrevolutionary groups” and the People’s Mojahedin for taking advantage of the “legitimate” demonstrations of the population against the economic difficulties to create unrest.

The elite army of power, the Revolutionary Guards, proclaimed on Wednesday the end of the protest movement, described as “sedition”, which has rocked Iran since December 28.

The disturbances killed 21 people – the majority of them demonstrators – and resulted in hundreds of arrests.

The political class in Iran – both conservative and conservative – has taken a stand against violence during the demonstrations, while stressing the need to find a solution to the economic problems, mainly unemployment which reaches 30% among young people.

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