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Iran protests: US accused of 'grotesque' interference

Iran protests: US accused of 'grotesque' interference
From BBC - January 4, 2018

Iran has accused the US of "grotesque" interference in its internal affairs in a letter to the UN.

It said the US leadership, in "numerous absurd tweets, [had] incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts" which violated international law.

Twenty-one people died in six days of protests sparked by Iran's economic problems, which spanned several cities.

On Thursday state media focused on pro-government rallies after a second night without reports of major protests.

The unrest was initially over price rises and corruption but the focus quickly turned to the remote elite and particularly Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,

They are the largest protests since the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Why is Iran so upset about the US?

Since the protests broke out, US President Donald Trump has endorsed them, culminating on Wednesday with the suggestion that the US could offer "great support" to protesters.

This chimes with the conservative Iranian narrative which blames the protests in part on foreign powers including Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US.

In his letter, Iranian UN envoy Gholamali Khoshroo said the US had a track record of intervening in Iranian affairs.

However, he added, the current administration had "crossed every limit in flouting rules and principles of international law governing the civilised conduct of international relations".

What's happening with the protests?

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