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"Do Not Kill Your Protesters" – Trump Warns Iran As Crackdown On Growing Protests Begins

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Protests in Iran have spread for a second consecutive day after student-led demonstrations and clashes with police at a Tehran university Saturday saw crowds chanting “death to liars!” and “Khamenei] resign, resign!” They are demanding that Iran’s leaders, including Ayatollah Khamenei step down over their initially concealing the truth about the accidental Ukrainian airline shoot down, which killed all 176 people on board.

The initial hundreds or possibly thousands strong gatherings in Tehran spread to other cities amid a broad heightened security response which the day prior saw authorities briefly detain the British ambassador, reports Reuters; however, the size still pales in comparison to the tens of thousands which took to the streets in November, and more recently the some two million which took to the streets in support of slain IRGC Quds chief Qasem Soleimani during his funeral.

Riot police have been deployed to the University of Tehran campus after fresh protests there, with reports of tear gas and after the previous day opposition social media accounts advanced unconfirmed claims that live fire was being used. On this point, President Trump had an early Sunday message for the Islamic Republic’s leaders and security forces:

But it also appears that some counter-protests have begun in Tehran, as The Guardian notes that “Pro-regime protesters also gathered outside the UK embassy calling for its closure after the British ambassador to Iran was briefly detained on Saturday evening after leaving the site of a demonstration.”

Upon the very start of the new protests over the airline downing, Trump on Saturday issued a series of tweets in English and Farsi voicing support for what was as that moment a mere hundreds in the streets, crowds which appear to have since grown.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you,” he tweeted. “There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching.”

Given we appear possibly set for a November repeat, which saw hundreds killed at the hands of Iranian security according to most international reports and human rights organizations (though the US claimed at the time the dubious number of up to 1,000), local security forces aren’t taking any chances.

Reports Bloomberg:

Iranian security forces stepped up patrols in Tehran, seeking to quell further anti-government protests after the regime admitted downing a Ukrainian passenger jet, triggering anger on the streets and global outrage.

Videos on social media, which couldn’t immediately be verified by Bloomberg, showed motorcycle-mounted security forces in green camouflage and anti-riot body armor stationed on the city’s Valiasr square on Sunday morning. There was also a heavy police presence outside Tehran university.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he doesn’t expect more retaliatory missile strikes out of Iran.

The US State Department is poised to make much of these initial weekend student protests, though it’s as yet unclear if they will gain in momentum. 

“You can see the Iranian people are standing up and asserting their rights, their aspirations for a better government – a different regime,” he said of the weekend protests, also echoing prior similar statements from Pompeo.

Should the momentum of the protests carry into this coming week, Iran’s leadership will likely brace for the worst given Trump is publicly backing anti-regime demonstrations, and the proverbial gloves of the security forces will be coming off.

via zerohedge

12 COMMENTS

  1. You go Iran citizens! And thank you for YOUR show of support and knowing IT’S NOT the USA. The photo of those walking around the American flag on the ground was amazing.

    Our thoughts are with you as you stand up to tyranny. Believe me, we in America have been dealing with tyranny for some time now, not as long as you have though, but what the Democrats have unleashed with the help of the Obama Administration, is the destruction of this USA.

    Taking back Our Countries from Dictators and terrorists, must continue to be able to have a little Peace in this World. Now and for our future generations.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD HELP THE USA!

    • https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/13/nancy-pelosi-suggests-iran-protesters-joined-together-with-soleimani-fans-to-demonstrate-against-u-s/

      Wow, no the protesters are being killed before the Iranian terrorist was blown to pieces and were being shot. Why you ask Nancy, because they were AGAINST the regime. I doubt any of the protesters were in the street when the Iranian terrorist who we blew to hell was being honored by fellow terrorists. The protestors, who are now being attacked by the Iranian terrorist regime are now continuing the protest because their Regime, like you and your Democrats lied to the People.

      But go ahead Nancy, spin it the way you do. I don’t think you’ve lived in Reality for a while now. Supporting a terrorist dictator and his regime, that are killing innocent people because they protest those who DEMAND they live the way the terrorist dictator wants is wrong.

      Your hatred for President Trump is truly affecting your brain. Your support for Obama/S0r0’s “open society” is failing. The American People WILL have our Republic back, even if we have to do what the innocent protesters in Iran and Hong Kong are doing. But remember, we have the 2nd Amendment and unfortunately Iran and Hong Kong don’t.

      GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD HELP THE USA!

      • https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2020/01/13/iran-video-shows-woman-protester-shot-bleeding-on-street/

        Hey Nanc, this OK to do to protesters? This usually occurs when a dictator doesn’t like his subjects to speak about the tyranny. Stating that their government SHOULD NOT lie to them. Should NOT keep them in misery.

        You on the other hand allow your illegal aliens to do the job of killing innocent Americans and then allowing NO JUSTICE to those Americans who have to live without their love ones. Allowing illegal aliens to rape, murder, steal and then allow them out of jail the same day, so they can do it all over again.

        Gee your hatred is showing more and more every day for the American people. Just like the Iran dictator. Disgusting.

        GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD HELP THE USA!

    • https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/13/kevin-mccarthy-to-introduce-resolution-in-support-of-iran-protesters/

      Thank you Rep. McCarthy for introducing this resolution. I believe this helps those protesters know they are not alone. That the USA is NOT the devil that they were being told we were. They need to do this themselves, just like Hong Kong does, but knowing that those watching support them, goes a long way.

      One day We might have to do this with the Democratic Socialist “open society” created by Obama and George Soreass, but it will We the People that need to change it.

      Knowing you are supported gives you courage to continue to change YOUR country. We don’t have to change it for them, they can do it themselves.

      GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD HELP THE USA!

  2. https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/01/12/schiff-trump-fudging-intelligence-to-justify-soleimani-killing/

    Now that I stopped laughing at the “pencil neck’s” comment of President Trump’s intelligence committee fudging the information to the Gang of Eight. The man who hid in the basement leaking out information to justify his impeachment scam. The one who said Rep. Devin Nunes’ memo was a sham but then had to eat his words when the Inspector General validated everything. The one who read President Trump’s transcript and made up what was actually said.

    Yea right Schiffy. Like we believe you. And why in the world would anyone tell you the full plan when you are a leaker, and also protecting a whistleblower who helped you and Nasty Nancy with your “house of cards” impeachment scam.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD HELP THE USA!

  3. I believe that no muslim should exist anymore on globally
    I believe that Earth would be much better off if no muslim breathed again

    But I will agree with President TRUMP for now about he needs to see & acknowledge muslims

    except on our US soil

    but I will support President TRUMP with his support of all muslims

    I do believe that he has our/his USofA best interest all the time and i trust him

    The demoncrat party and their damned corrupt evil lawmakers

    no need to breathe anymore

    send them a back to hell as immediately as possible

    💥💞👍TRUMPence our/his US ReTRUMPlican Lawmakers 2016-2028 successfully US Landslide Reelected assuredly
    Amen & Amen👍💞💥

  4. Fuck their protesters, deport all of the illegals from America, they are stealing OUR children’s future and costing us billions per year while thumbing their noses at our constitution and ALL of our laws

  5. Thanks, Karen…..your reviews of just how bad the left/Democrats (not democratics) are, along with Nancy and her backers in the Senate, need to be shown/spoken, over and over again, until all true American voters get the truth about their TDS and anti-American hypocrisy/lies/attacks to and on all of us here in the US. She thinks she can get away with her/their antics. DT’s numbers, up and up over the last year or so…..prove, again, she/they are all wrong. Nov will be our best day and also be her worst. Must be BHO, in his war room, just down the street from the WH, and Soros, together, giving her and the swamp their talking points! We will survive their attacks….always have, always will. Thanks again! JLS

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