Expressing his fear of youth protests on the Fire Festivals, Tehran Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Sajedinia resorted to threats, saying that “after coordination, Tehran Prosecutor has personally written a letter to me, authorizing police to, in case of disturbances, seriously deal with norm-breakers and hold them in police custody till the end of New Year’s holidays.”
He imploringly asked the families to avoid using any firecrackers as far as possible, and take the opportunity to get together and hold family soirees. And if their children are willing to attend passages, make sure that they only attend the alley where they live, as police won’t allow any streets, even side ones, to be blocked.
As tensions rise between Iran and the international community, the people of Iran are taking to the streets to protest the situation at home. Domestic unrest is on the rise.
Teachers in more than 20 cities across the country protested in the streets and urged the authorities to listen to their demands.
They participated in sit-ins in front of ministry of education buildings and chanted about the plundering policies of the regime and the repression and suppression they face. They held placards saying “No to prison”, “Detained teachers must be freed”, etc.
Iran has continued with its pattern of provoking other countries. One such example is when Iranian vessels approached a US Navy vessel at the beginning of the month. Then it did the same thing a few days later. The body responsible for these provocations is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Since the sanctions relief, the IRGC has grown emboldened and became further empowered faced with the inaction of the international community.
It carries out these kinds of provocations to show its regional supremacy and to flaunt its military power.
In protest against poor working and living conditions, the stolen money from Teachers Pension Fund, country’s deplorable educational status, and dealing with teachers’ protests as security threats, Iran’s working and retired teachers held rallies in different cities across the country on Thursday March 9, demanding that their problems be dealt with.
With a growing number of countries voicing concerns about Tehran’s policies, Iran is experiencing international and regional isolation. The end of Barack Obama’s presidency signaled the end of a “golden era” for Iran, and a major shift in the balance of power.
The joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia and Malaysia that condemned Iran’s meddling in the Middle East, is one example. It left the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman no choice but to express Tehran’s utter regret. “The Islamic Republic’s principled policies are based on non-interference in the affairs of other countries and abiding by an approach hinging on good neighborliness,” said Bahram Ghasemi, according to Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency.
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