US faces criticism at UNSC for exploiting situation in Iran

Iran has accused Washington of stirring up the protests. The protests initially started peacefully but turned violent in some cases when hooligans joined the demonstrators.Trump misused the situation to incite more protests in Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter after the meeting that the Security Council 'rebuffed the U.S.' naked attempt to hijack its mandate'.

"We share the worries expressed by Iranian civil society groups over what will happen to the people who have been arrested".

How could the ayatollah and the mullahs, who restrict freedom by divine law, accept democratic freedoms without imperiling their own theological dictatorship? Only British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft openly defended the move.

It is not precisely clear what Ms Haley hoped to achieve by convening the session, which was not previously scheduled. So they are mostly aligned with Canadian and Western values, even if their main goal is simply an end to the tortuous, repressive, extremist regime that has ruled Iran as a Muslim theocracy for nearly 40 years.

A police spokesman said most of those arrested "had been duped" into joining the protests and had now been freed under caution, according to state news agency IRNA.

Eight days of protest have led to at least 21 deaths and more than 1,000 arrests, mostly in clashes with security forces.

Hesamodin Ashna, President Hassan al-Rouhani's adviser, recently criticized the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for saying that the protests were over.

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Hundreds of people took to the streets of several European capital cities, as well as in Canada and the US, expressing their solidarity with the Iranian uprising and calling for the Khamenei regime to step down.

The U.S.is promising support for anti-government protesters. At the same time, he stressed that violence would not be tolerated.

Despite the surge of demonstrations across the country, Interior Ministry spokesperson Salman Samani is still refusing to answer journalists' questions on the situation.

Those protests have petered out in recent days while pro-government rallies have gained momentum. One of the largest demonstrations was at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Musalla Mosque, where thousands of protesters blasted the U.S. and chanted anti-U.S. slogans.

"Have no mercy on Americans", he said.

The rage over such privations stems also from a growing perception of Iran's ruling elite - a combination of clerics and politicians buttressed by the Revolutionary Guard - as corrupt, with accusations of embezzlement and cronyism common.

Mr Delattre said the international community should instead concentrate on fully implementing the nuclear agreement with Iran - which the Trump administration has refused to endorse. The app boasts an estimated 48 million users in Iran, more than half the population. "I think the seeds for protest will remain unless the Iranian leaders change their course and allow the people basic human rights and basic economic freedoms".

The four independent experts appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council said in a joint statement issued on Friday in Geneva that authorities should "exercise restraint".

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