Iran Admits to Murdering Protesters in Cities Across Country

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2019

Relations between Iran and the US reached a crisis point in 2018 after President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and world powers under which Tehran curbed its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Since the summer, tensions across the Mideast have spiked with attacks the US blames on Tehran.

Its report described others killed as passers-by, security forces and peaceful protesters, without assigning blame for their deaths. Shahriar had seen heavy protests. It also mentioned the Tehran suburb of Shahriar, where Amnesty International on Monday said there had been "dozens of deaths". Mills said there was a "general environment of fear inside of Iran at the moment".

"Some families are also being forced to make extortionate payments to have the bodies of their loved ones returned to them", the watchdog said. A United Nations agency also has said it fears the unrest may have killed "a significant number of people".

The president said Obama's phone call came as Rouhani was about to leave NY, and he chose to answer the call upon the suggestion of all of his advisers. "If negotiations on the first one, which was our nuclear case, took place and you did a good job on implementing the agreement, then we would put the other two issues on agenda". For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered.

The demonstrations began after authorities raised minimum gasoline prices by 50% to 15,000 rials per liter. That's 12 cents a litre, or about 50 cents a gallon. After a monthly 60-liter quota, it costs 30,000 rials a liter. That's almost 90 cents a gallon. An average gallon of regular gas in the USA costs $2.58 by comparison, according to AAA.

Despite decades of economic woes, cheap gasoline is practically considered a birthright in Iran, home to the world's fourth-largest crude oil reserves.

The International Monetary Fund expects Iran's recession to deepen this year, with gross domestic product contracting 9.5%. That disparity, especially given its oil wealth, fueled the anger felt by demonstrators.

Yadollah Javani, the political deputy of the Islamic Revolution guard Corps (IRGC) in a speech on December 2 called the widespread protests "An American story", referring to oft repeated conspiracy theory by officials that foreign powers organized or instigated the protests, which spontaneously broke out on November 15, hours after a threefold rise in gasoline prices.

The scale of the demonstrations also remains unclear.

"When I was in NY, I said if US President Trump removed the sanctions, I would meet with him in an hour", said Rouhani, referring to his recent trip to NY for the UN General Assembly meeting.

Iranians are no strangers to protests.

On Monday night, Iran's state-run IRTV2 channel broadcast a report confirming that there were fatalities during the unrest, but did not give any figures.

Separately, a detainee shot and killed a police officer in the province Tuesday, state TV said, without elaborating. Shahr-e Quds Gov. Leila Vaseghi also said she sent text messages to citizens telling them not to join the "rioters" and that there was a "possibility of a shooting" if they did.

Iran began reducing its commitments to the deal hoping to win concessions from those still party to the accord.

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