IRAN ON EDGE: Supreme Leader LASHES OUT at 'Enemies' as Iran Crumbles

IRAN ON EDGE: Supreme Leader LASHES OUT at 'Enemies' as Iran Crumbles

Official statistics also show that at least 21 people have been killed.

State TV also said that an 11-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were killed in the town of Khomeinishahr, while a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard was killed in the town of Najafabad.

When did the protests begin? .

The death toll stood at 12 on January 1, and before that the Iranian Regime had only confirmed four deaths. The city is considered holy among world's Shiite Muslims as Reza, the 8th Shiite imam, is buried here.

Protesters hit the streets for a sixth straight day Tuesday.

Security forces seem intent on limiting the unrest in Tehran.

Some of the issues that have been raised by the protesters are rising prices, unemployment, economic inequality and foreign policy.

The Iranian government and Rouhani have downplayed the protests, claiming only a "minority" of the population is causing this unrest.

"The message: We want to encourage the protesters to continue to fight for what's right and to open up Iran", Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said.

Reuters reported that protesters are demanding higher wages and an end to graft. Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, in charge of public diplomacy, said the USA wants Iran's government to "open these sites" including the photo-sharing platform Instagram and the messaging app Telegram. They add that the demonstrations should be left in the hands of Iran's people to avoid giving the government an excuse for more violence.

"We are together behind the leader", chanted the crowds, in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. There were unconfirmed reports of several casualties among demonstrators.

Some have even called for a return to the monarchy that was overthrown in 1979.

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The Iranian Security Forces: In 2009, protests against the allegedly rigged results of the presidential election were crushed by Iran's security forces.

What is different today is the large number of Iranians carrying smartphones, perhaps as many as 48 million in a country of 80 million people.

There were no signs of major protests during the day on Sunday, though officials appeared to be bracing for unrest after dark.

Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, speaking for the first time since protests broke out in his country last week, accuses "enemies of Iran" of meddling in the country.

Iranian Americans have been closely watching protests in Iran. But such excuses may well be viewed within a skeptical Iranian society as the falsehoods they are.

Nasrollah Mohammadi, a mechanic near Tehran's Enghelab Square, the site of many past protests, said he supports the demonstrators' demands. But the anger went deeper than that, and quickly turned into a protest against the Islamic regime in general.

"The economic situation is awful, people are suffering, people are not seeing results", said Ariannejad, who has lived in Canada for about 20 years but has family in Iran.

It is still premature to predict the outcome of the protests.

The government has so far not used brute force and has warned against only "violent protest". While the government controls mainstream media, Internet is the biggest challenge for the authorities.

In an apparent attempt to stave off more unrest, the authorities began blocking access to photo-sharing and online messaging services on mobile phones, including Telegram, which the government accused of being used to foment violence, local media and Telegram's CEO said.

A statement from the French presidency said Macron called for "restraint", and both sides agreed to postpone an imminent visit to Tehran by the French foreign minister.

The Islamic Propagation Co-ordination Council, which organises state rallies, has called on people to turn out on Wednesday for pro-government events in Kermanshah, Alborz, Isfahan and Hormozgan provinces.

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