More than 3700 now being held over Iranian protests

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More than 3700 now being held over Iranian protests

The country's financial support for Palestinians and the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah also angered Iranians, who want their government to focus on domestic economic problems instead. That is the essence of American leadership, and as the people of Iran now know, the United States is leading on the world stage for freedom once again.

How does America proclaim herself a friend of the Iranian people, if we are trying to persuade Europeans to abrogate the nuclear accord and reimpose the sanctions that impoverish the Iranian people?

The President also ordered the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade and the Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, as well as the Governor of the Central Bank to take measures to increase costs so that the exporters of state and private sectors can directly export their products to target countries.

The Revolutionary Guard is a powerful paramilitary force loyal to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Violent unrest fueled by economic grievances erupted in dozens of Iranian cities between December 28 and January 1, leaving at least 21 people dead.

Speaking to the United Nations on Friday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley noted that the uprising had impacted more than 79 locations throughout the country.

Hundreds of people have been detained since the protests began.

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Iran's most significant protests in nearly a decade may have calmed, but anger that fueled the nationwide demonstrations lingers and could erupt again at any time, according to experts. In 2009, demonstrations were mostly only seen in the important cities of Iran, whereas now, they are much more extensive, engulfing regions across the country. Not only is this speculative at best, such a course runs the risk of empowering the Iranian government, creating an us-vs. -them dynamic in Iran that distracts from the moral clarity of the protests.

Rouhani, a relative moderate, also argued against the permanent suspension of social media applications that authorities had taken offline at the height of the protests, including the popular messaging app Telegram, which is used by an estimated 40 million Iranians - half the population.

Both Rouhani and Khamenei have acknowledged the protesters' right to be heard.

While the working-class protesters have shouted "Death to Rouhani" and "Death to the dictator", the Rich Kids of Tehran Twitter account has been very supportive of Rouhani and the Iranian government in the past.

Retired U.S. military officers, members of Congress and former U.S. ambassadors were among 52 U.S. national security experts who signed a letter released on Monday urging President Donald Trump's administration not to jeopardize the global nuclear deal with Iran.

Washington has engaged in a fiery exchange of words with Tehran over United States use of social media to encourage Iranians to protest.

"Even if there are no more protests [right now], it will explode one day", Hadi said. It would make the issue about us, not the vulnerability and wounded legitimacy of a regime out of touch with its people.

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