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Are Protests in Iran Winding Down or Has the Regime Crushed Them?

01-04-2018

After a week of unrest that killed at least 21 people, it's unclear if the protests have quieted down or if the regime is effectively limiting them.

The protests were sparked last Thursday by Iran's flagging economy and a rise in food prices. But in the following days, protesters began calling for the downfall of Iran's theocratic government, leading to the arrest of hundreds of people.

Now, a drop in reports is raising questions of whether the protests are subsiding – or if the Iranian government's blocking of social media apps has stopped protesters from offering new images of rallies.

On Wednesday, the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said the "enemies" had been defeated, according to BBC News.

State television Thursday then showed large pro-government rallies in the capital, Tehran, and several other cities. Iran's TV IRIB reported that Iranian officials are blaming the United States and its allies for provoking the anti-government rallies, and during Thursday's pro-government rallies many were chanting "Death to America."

President Donald Trump tweeted out his support for the protests on Wednesday, saying he had "such respect for the people of Iran." 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani didn't go into detail on how the unrest was settled other than saying the main "troublemakers" have been arrested.

However, internet messaging services Telegram and Instagram remained blocked until Friday. Many are waiting to see once those come back on if the anti-government protests continue.

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