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Iranian official warns of ‘imminent return’ of popular protests

Kazerun city, also witnessed some continuous demonstrations
Kazerun city, also witnessed some continuous demonstrations

BY: Saleh Hamid

Al Arabiya, 18 April 2018-- Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization and former IRGC commander, has warned of an imminent return of the popular protests because of the exacerbating crises in the country.

According to ISNA the Iranian news agency, Jalali warned in a speech on Tuesday of what he called “a group of threats and disturbances” in the near future.

The Iranian official called to be cautious and careful “to have a proactive perspective on the threats, dangers, and harm, and be ready for confronting it”.

Jalali believed that the threats might be for the internal security, external military attacks, or popular protests that revolve around the people’s demands.

This takes place while different protests and labor strikes continue throughout Iran, where Kurdistan has been witnessing a general strike for days now. Where the market traders in Baneh, Marivan, Saqqez, Javanrud, Sardasht and other border cities, closed their shops as a protest against closing borders for importing and exporting goods.

Kazerun city in Fars province, south of Iran, also witnessed some continuous demonstrations for the fourth consecutive day, protesting against the government’s plan to divide the area into two regions.

According to a video shared by activists on social media, the protests we saying the slogan against the regime: “do not lie to us… you are our enemy, not the US.”

The protests of the Arab citizens’ families in Ahwaz continues, in front of the Iranian Revolutionary Courts, the parliament members’ offices, and officials of the region to demand to release their children who were arrested during the past weeks, on charges of participating in protests against the Iranian regime practices against Ahwaz Arabs.

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