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Protesters were tearing down the banners of Iran's Supreme leaders, Ruholla Khomeini and Khamenei.The second element that distinguished these protests from others was the surge of protesters pointing to the Iranian regime's vicious foreign policies.

"The Iranian people are expressing frustration, frustration about a regime that pays more attention to exporting terrorism than it does of meeting the needs of its own people", McMaster said. However, they have said protest rallies are different from vandalism and violent actions.

The protests began December 28 in Mashhad, Iran's second-largest city and a bastion for hard-liners, initially focusing on Iran's flagging economy and rising food prices. The Iranian regime's response is anchored in three characteristics.

Obama and the Iranian regime sold the world the idea that the nuclear agreement, appeasement policies towards the mullahs, and the lifting of United Nations sanctions would supposedly help the Iranian people and make the Iranian government a constructive player.

The protests moved from outer cities into Iran's capital city, Tehran. Some claimed online that government employees had been instructed to take part, something Iranian media did not discuss.

But they also urged the authorities to address economic grievances that have fuelled the protests.

The Trump administration has said it is preparing to impose new sanctions on the regime if it attempts to use force to end the demonstrations. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also never seemed to embrace the notion-put forward by reformists-that Iran's economy would benefit from integration with the global economy.

Even if Democrats manage to win both houses of Congress in 2018 and Trump is impeached, nothing will change until the electorate installs a democratic president and Congress.

Rouhani pushed back on Trump's remarks, saying the USA president had no right to sympathize with protesters because he "called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago".

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"What is happening in Iran is an expression of deep suffering but without a structure or programme, its chances of success are very limited", he added.

Trump kept up with the tweets Wednesday, writing: "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government".

Acting out in ways that reconfirm the long standing hardliner story line that the United States will always be an enemy to Iran would be a mistake at this time.

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations complained about his tweets in a letter Wednesday to the Security Council president.

IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS GHOLAMALI KHOSHROO, in a letter to the U.N. secretary-general: "Against the backdrop of continuous attempts by previous USA administrations to disrupt the course of normal political, social and cultural life in Iran in the past decades, starting with the coup against Iran's democratically elected prime minister in 1953, the current US administration has crossed every limit in flouting rules and principles of global law governing the civilized conduct of worldwide relations".

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have tweeted their support for the protesters, but they have not called for violence or disruptive acts. As the regime continues to intensify its crackdown in the last few days, dozens of peaceful protesters have been shot dead. Rouhani's office did not mention the comment.

"Today we can announce the end of the sedition", said Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Revolutionary Guards.

On Sunday, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said on Twitter that authorities had cut off access to the app. A gunshot and muzzle flash could be seen in the footage taken in Isfahan province, where there have been days of protests.

"There is no leadership among these protests", Hashemi said of the week's unrest, and numerous established reformists are "shocked and confused" about how to respond. After a cut, demonstrators are seen coming to the aid of another protester, who appears seriously wounded.

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