Iran pro-government rallies amid 'death penalty' warning to anti-regime activists

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He was praising the people of Iran for fighting the "corrupt regime" when he attacked the former president. "The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights", he tweeted.

Iranian hard-liners who support President Hassan Rouhani, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the clerical establishment of the Islamic Republic came out in droves this weekend to retaliate against the demonstrators.

"The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most...." he tweeted.

And on Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Iran's "enemies" for stirring up unrest in the country, though he didn't mention Trump by name.

Iran is still witnessing a wave of demonstrations, being held in many cities across the country as people took to raising anti-government slogans, over alleged corruption and rising prices that have plagued the people of the country.

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"The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian people today gives hope and faith to all who struggle for freedom and against tyranny", Pence continued.

While a debate rages in Washington over how much or how little the USA should do to support the protesters, Iranian officials have demanded the U.S. stay out of it.

Ariannejad said he always tells his relatives to stay away from any violence if they take part in the protests.

Tehran's deputy governor Aliasghar Nasarbhat has reportedly said that 450 people, nearly half of all those arrested, were detained in Tehran where the protests first began last Thursday.

Many of those protesting appear young and unconnected to the educated, politically connected middle-class who poured into the streets to challenge the reelection of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

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But the protests of the last several days, which have reportedly claimed at least 20 lives, differ in some significant ways from those of 2009.

Iran's government has since shut down access to Telegram and the photo-sharing app Instagram, which now join Facebook and Twitter in being banned, in an attempt to slow the unrest.

Meanwhile, the American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the United States called for the UN Security Council and Human Rights Council to meet to discuss the situation in Iran.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry has hit back at the U.S. president, saying that Trump should focus on his own country rather than tweet about civil unrest overseas. "And according to the constitution and citizen rights, the people are free to express their criticism and even their protests".

At least 20 people have been killed and around 450 people arrested since protests began in Mashhad, Iran's second-largest city, on December 28.

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On Sunday, state television broadcast Rouhani saying that Trump is "constantly creating problems" for Iranians, including with regard to visas and financial issues.

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