Iran: Residents of Tehran react as anti-govt. protests enter 6th day

Tehran residents reacted to the ongoing anti-government protests against rising food prices, unemployment and alleged corruption in Iran, as they entered their sixth day on Tuesday. One resident denounced economic problems such as «costliness, unemployment, lack of attention to people.» A student said that «if the people's economic problems were addressed more, these accidents would never... Еще happen.» Comments made by US President Donald Trump, who tweeted that it was «time for change» in Iran, were mostly criticised, with residents saying he should not interfere in Iranian issues. One person said «the government should not suppress, it should stand and listen.» He criticised the government’s move to block social media channels Telegram and Instagram as «an insult» to Iranian citizens. One resident accused the US and Israel of being behind the protests. This echoed state media reports of comments that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani allegedly made on Monday. Nine more people reportedly died in clashes between Monday and Tuesday, bringing the death toll to at least 21 since the beginning of the protests. Rouhani has acknowledged the public’s anger over Iran’s flagging economy, though he and other officials warned that the government wouldn’t hesitate to crack down on those it considers lawbreakers.

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