Iran Daily: Supreme Leader — End the Protests

Iran's Supreme Leader addresses judiciary officials, Tehran, June 27, 2018

The Supreme Leader has told Iran’s judiciary to end protests, renewed this week over a currency slide and economic conditions.

Addressing judiciary officials on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said they must ensure the security of “businesses and lives”: “We need to act firmly against the enemy, the spiteful, conspirators, and accusers.”

Khamenei played down economic concerns by saying, “In some governmental, public, and business sectors, there exists corruption, but existence of an overall corruption is not accurate, and such a wrong notion should not be injected into public opinion.”

This week’s demonstrations are the largest since nationwide protests in January. They began on Sunday in the cellphone market of Tehran, as the Iranian Rial fell another 20% in two days from its already-historic low against the US dollar. On Monday, the show of discontent spread to the Tehran Bazaar, with marchers moving towards the Parliament building before they were dispersed by police. Protests were also reported from Tabriz in the northwest to Kermanshah in the west to Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf.

See Iran Daily, June 27: “Large Number” of Arrests as Protests Spread Beyond Tehran

Officials said “a large number” of demonstrators were arrested, with judiciary head Sadeq Larijani warning that “disrupting economic activities may entail the death sentence”.

Rouhani: “We Must Stay United”

President Hassan Rouhani, speaking on State TV, tried to ease the pressure with the insistence that Government revenues have not fallen, despite US sanctions that are being expanded after the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the July 2015 nuclear deal. He blamed the fall in the Rial on “foreign media propaganda”.

Pushing back on criticism from hardliners as well as the demonstrations, Rouhani said:

If there is hardship, we will endure it together and won’t give in, we will protect our historic dignity and defeat the United States in the fight of wills.

We must stay united because domestic disagreements imposes the highest prices on people, especially the deprived.

He concluded with a message for Donald Trump: “The bully in the White House that is oppressing peoples around the world, especially Muslims, will face the consequences.”

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

4 COMMENTS

    • Only in most countries the judiciary are not part of the police or vice versa. A judges job is to interpret and apply law, not enforce it,that’s the police’s job.

  1. “In some governmental, public, and business sectors, there exists corruption, but existence of an overall corruption is not accurate, and such a wrong notion should not be injected into public opinion.”

    What that’s even supposed to mean? That’s the sort of meaningless pompous non-answer Theresa May would give on Brexit.

    ‘In some governmental, public, and Business sectors, there will be hardships from Brexit, but the existence of an over all hardship following Brexit is not accurate, and such a wrong notion should not be injected into public opinion.’

    See how well that fits?

    So Scott your saying Iran has hit its worst currency crisis since yesterday then?

  2. Such a great display of being completely out of touch. For years now, protests have been breaking out in Iran. The reaction from the Khakamaeni is always the same, its an American plot, its the Israelis, its corruption… blah blah blah… No, its your mismanagement of your countries wealth. Your inability to invest in your own society and people. Your desire to enslave and dominate. Your desire to kill and murder.

    Every friday.. death to blah blah blah
    Every day.. killing syrians
    Every day… killing yemenis
    Every day.. interfering in Iraq
    Every day.. plotting

    Put your energy into building a great nation ( please say great nation in a Borat voice for my pleasure ). Until then, get the butcher block warmed up, eventually your head will be on it.

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