Economic crisis in Iran causes discontent of people
Economic problems in Iran caused popular protest actions in many cities of Iran including Tehran. Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani appealed to the nation on a state TV and called them to unity and to be cautious about anti-Iran intentions of the USA. In his appeal, Rouhani commented calls to resignation of the government voiced related to the economic crisis in the country and stated that the economic problems will not cause resignation of current government. “If anyone believes that the government is scared or going back, then he is mistaken. The government will not resign”, Rouhani stated. According to local media, major general Yahya Rahim Safavi, military advisor of Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed the government of Iran for civil disorders in the country. Safavi told about indifference of the government to the people’s problems which caused angriness of some people, and stated that some forces are trying to turn this situation into civil unrest against the regime. Safavi indicated at economic and social and cultural problems that Iran encountered, and criticized the government of Hassan Rouhani. “It is clear that governing the country would be much better without this government. Protest actions in Tehran and other cities caused by worsening of economic situation in the country are gathering momentum. The Tehran police used tear gas and riot control weapons for dispersion of demonstrators heading to the Parliament. Current protest actions are considered as the most mass scale protests since 2012. Reportedly, protesters are chanting “Death to dictator!” Occasional clashes between demonstrators and police are occurring. Deputy Chairman of the Parliament called the government to declare a state of emergency in the country.