By Steve Dellar  |  01-03-2018   News
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Just as other US politicians are finally starting to notice, President Trump sent another message of support to the Iranian protesters, expressing his respect for them and promising them US support ‘at the appropriate time’.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/948548807612084224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Back in Iran meanwhile, the regime decided to stage another mass rally in support of the government as the social media blackout continued for ordinary Iranians. These protests are now officially the largest since 2009.

Members of Trump’s administration called on the Iranian government to stop blocking Instagram and Telegram, apps highly popular in that country and used by more than half of Iran’s 80 million citizens.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Watch: An analysis of the latest events in Iran, where violent street protests have spread across the country testing President Hassan Rouhani’s government.<br>Read the latest: <a href="https://t.co/rcsAzzQwBg">https://t.co/rcsAzzQwBg</a> <a href="https://t.co/ahDD30DZpq">pic.twitter.com/ahDD30DZpq</a></p>&mdash; Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/FinancialTimes/status/948562912628690944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein claimed that “they are legitimate avenues for communication. People in Iran should be able to access those sites.”

“We want to encourage the protesters to continue to fight for what’s right and to open up Iran.”

As in China, a lot of the internet’s most popular sites are censored in Iran (well over half of the top 500 sites is not accessible) and email traffic must normally pass through a central censorship where it is ‘filtered.’

Unverified videos emerged on Twitter showing protesters battling with security forces in Teheran overnights.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IranProtests?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IranProtests</a>: Tense footage emerges of protesters and regime forces clashing in Tehran <a href="https://t.co/cCVnpJdkAc">pic.twitter.com/cCVnpJdkAc</a></p>&mdash; Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) <a href="https://twitter.com/joshdcaplan/status/948562517885964291?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei claims that ‘foreign agents’ are behind the widespread protests.

Even though protests have subsided in Teheran overnight, they continue in smaller towns all across the country.

Source:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/948548807612084224

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