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World Iran Holds Pro-Government Rallies After Crackdown on Protesters

17:40  22 november  2019
17:40  22 november  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Thousands rallied in several Iranian cities on Friday in a state-organized show of support for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei following a deadly crackdown on , Iranians wave flags during a protest in support of the Islamic republic’s government on Nov. 20 Source: AFP via Getty Images.

Iran 's president has claimed victory against an "enemy" plot, following a deadly crackdown by security forces on The government has blocked Iranians ' access to the internet since Saturday, making it hard to gather The videos also showed intense clashes between protesters and security personnel.

(Bloomberg) -- Thousands rallied in several Iranian cities on Friday in a state-organized show of support for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei following a crackdown on anti-government protests.

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Television channels showed crowds chanting in support of the Islamic Republic and vowing “death to America” in Mashhad, Shiraz, Qom and Esfahan. The vast majority appeared to be conservative supporters of the cleric-led establishment who often attend Friday prayers.

Human rights group Amnesty International has said that at least 106 people were killed last week as protesters clashed with security forces, while officials in Iran put the death toll at 12.

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Annual nationwide pro - government rallies were held in Iran on Saturday to mark the end of the unrest that shook the country in 2009, state media reported, a day after price The Revolutionary Guards, which along with its Basij militia spearheaded a crackdown against protesters in 2009, said in a

Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day on Saturday. Residents contacted by Reuters in various cities on Friday said the protests had shown sign of abating, after the government intensified a crackdown on the protesters by dispatching Revolutionary Guards forces

Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran’s judiciary and a close ally of Khamenei, promised to deliver “severe punishment” to anyone undermining security, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said.

Hundreds of people linked to the protests have been arrested, including alleged ringleaders with ties to foreign security services, Tasnim reported. That echoed claims from officials in Tehran that the demonstrations -- triggered by a government decision to hike the price of gasoline -- were perpetrated by its enemies including the U.S., which said it supports the protesters.

Protests erupted across Iran after a special economic task-force including President Hassan Rouhani, Raisi and the head of parliament abruptly raised gasoline prices overnight on Nov. 14 as part of efforts to counter the impact of U.S. sanctions on the economy.

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Pro - government rallies were held in some 1,200 cities and towns in all, state television reported. Other protesters in the video chanted, "I will kill whoever killed my brother!" The video, like others The elite Revolutionary Guards and its Basij militia, which spearheaded the security crackdown that

Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day on Saturday in a backlash against widespread anti- government protests that Residents contacted by Reuters in various cities have said the protests had subsided in recent days, after the government intensified a crackdown

Late on Nov. 16, authorities cut access to most of the internet, citing security concerns, leaving tens of millions only able to use official domestic websites. By Thursday, the restrictions had been eased in some provinces, several news agencies reported, citing unnamed officials at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

U.S. sanctions are meant to curtail Iran’s influence in the Middle East and weaken its leadership. The International Monetary Fund expects Iran’s recession to deepen this year, with gross domestic product contracting 9.5%.

(Updates with state of economy in last paragraph, other details)

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Iranian commander warns US, allies, 'We will destroy you' .
Iran's head of the Revolutionary Guard threatened to destroy the United States and its allies during a televised speech Monday, accusing the nations of instigating violent protests that erupted earlier this month after the announcement of massive fuel hikes. © FoxNews.com Iran's Revolutionary Guard warns there will be 'decisive' action if the unrest continues; Benjamin Hall reports. Speaking to tens of thousands of people holding signs with anti-U.S. slogans in Tehran's Revolution Square, Gen. Hossein Salami accused the U.S., Britain, Saudi Arabia and Israel of fueling the deadly unrest.

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