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Iranians hit the streets in show of government support

Iranians hit the streets in show of government support
From Al Jazeera - January 6, 2018

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets in support of the government for a fourth-straight day chanting "death" to foreign nations accused of instigating deadly unrest that began last month.

State television showed pro-government rallies in cities including Amol, Semnan, and Shadegan with supporters waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America", "Death to Israel", and "Death to Britain".

State TV described the rallies as a "response to rioters and supporters of the riots".

Iran's chief prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri on Thursday accused the American CIA, Israel's Mossad spy agency, and Saudi Arabia oforchestrating the anti-government demonstrationsthat led to the deaths of 22 people, along with hundreds of arrests.

Saturday's rallies came after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) - at the request of the United States - held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss Iran's protests.

Tehran's foreign minister called out the US government for raising a domestic issue before the international body.

"The UNSC rebuffed the US's naked attempt to hijack its mandate... Another FP [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter.

The UNSC rebuffed the US' naked attempt to hijack its mandate. Majority emphasized the need to fully implement the JCPOA and to refrain from interfering in internal affairs of others. Another FP blunder for the Trump administration. Iran's statement: https://t.co/QsbihBW69V

Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 5, 2018

Unrest spread to more than 80 cities and rural towns late last month as thousands of young and working class Iranians voiced anger at corruption, unemployment, and a deepening gap between rich and poor in the biggest anti-government demonstrationssince 2009.

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