Iran: Citizens free to 'criticise', not to 'destroy' — Rouhani reacts to Iranian protests

*BUG AT SOURCE* After four days of protest, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iranian citizens are free to express their criticisms of government, but must not jeopardise public security, at a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Sunday. «People are absolutely free to criticise the government and even protest, but their protests should be in such a way as to aim at the end to improve the situation in... Еще the country», Rouhani said. The Iranian leader also criticised interference from the United States and President Donald Trump. On Saturday, the US warned the Iranian authorities that the «world was watching» how it responded to anti-government protests. The demonstrations began as a criticism of economic hardship, but they quickly spread and turned political, with many chanting slogans against Rouhani, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iran's interventionist foreign policy. The latest waves of protests are the most significant show of dissent in the Islamic Republic since the pro-reform Green Movement in 2009.

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