Iranian regime has threatened to crush protestors with an “iron fist” after two people were killed in a day of violent demonstrations across the Islamic republic yesterday.Video: Water cannon truck deployed to tackle protests in Iran
Daily Star, 31st December 2017 - Riot cops used tear gas, fired water cannons, and battered demonstrators with clubs in the protests across Iran – with two protestors reportedly shot dead in the city of Dorud
Tehran has now promised to crackdown on the marches, warning they will pay a “high price” and dissidents will face the nation’s “iron fist”.
Brigadier General Esmail Kowsari made the chilling threat after three-days of chaos across Iran.
The commander of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard warned protestors against chanting “anti-government slogans”.
Phrases such as “death to the dictator” were sung by protestors yesterday as economic marches spiraled into rage against the regime.
Revolution in Iran was called for by the so-called “opposition in Exile” the People’s Mojahedin Organization (PMOI) when speaking to Daily Star Online.
CIVIL UNREST: Brigadier General Esmail Kowsari warned of an 'iron fist' to crush protests
“Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever”
Marches started on Thursday as people fumed over the cost of living, unemployment and inflation in the increasingly isolated Iran.
General Kowsari said the protestors will face “the nation’s iron fist” in the unrest continues into 2018.
The commander said: “If people came into the streets over high prices, they should not have chanted those (anti-government) slogans and burned public property and cars."
PROTESTS: Iranian police tear gas protestors at Tehran University in violent scenes on Saturday
video: Riot police charge angry protestors in streets of Tehran
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Meanwhile, Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli said: "Those who damage public property, disrupt order and break the law must be responsible for their behavior and pay the price.
"The spreading of violence, fear, and terror will definitely be confronted.”
Revolutionary Guard forces – Iran’s fanatical religious army – were reportedly deployed yesterday to tackle the protests.
Civil unrest across the Islamic republic is now the worst it has been since huge marches in 2009.
Videos and pictures emerging yesterday showed thousands on the streets as they squared up to regime forces.
Iran is being closely watched by the world, with US President Donald Trump saying he is keeping a close eye on the protests – seemingly backing their cause.
Last night, he tweeted: "Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. The world is watching."
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Shahin Gobadi, a spokesman for the PMOI, told Daily Star Online: "Their regime has no future, it is doomed to failure, and it is time for the international community to recognise the Iranian people’s resistance to overthrow that regime.”
He added: “People have been on the streets in large numbers across Iran for three days despite huge risks and the regime’s total mobilization of its suppressive forces
"This clearly indicates the pervasive sentiment of the Iranians. In a nutshell, the Iranian people have shown their desire for regime change.”
AYATOLLAH: Iranian protestors chanted 'death to the dictator' and called for the regime to end
Pro-government rallies have also been held across Iran making the defeat of the last major unrest to hit the country in 2009.
Iranian government officials have urged their citizens not to participate in “illegal gatherings” – warning they will “create problems for themselves”.
1979’s Iranian Revolution saw the overthrow of the Western-friendly monarchy and the establishment of the hardline Islamic system, with its absolute ruler being the Ayatollah.