Iran's Revolutionary Guards claim protests over

  04 January 2018    Read: 1103
Iran's Revolutionary Guards claim protests over
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Wednesday that a string of anti-government protests were over after six days of unrest, reports citing CNN.
In comments to the semiofficial Fars news agency, Mohammad Ali Jafari said that only 15,000 people had turned out at the height of the rallies and that the main "troublemakers" have been arrested.

"Today, we can say it is the end of 'sedition 1396,' " Jafari said, using the year in the Iranian calendar.

"With the help of God, their defeat is definite," he said.

Jafari offered no evidence of how the movement had been defeated beyond the arrests, and his comments appeared to be a warning against more rallies.

The protests began last Thursday over Iran's stagnant economy and the rising cost of living but quickly have developed into a broader outcry against the government.

They have become the most powerful challenge to the Iranian government's authority since mass demonstrations in 2009.

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