There was chaos earlier around the capital's university as hundreds took to the streets, blocking traffic and shouting slogans against the government.
But the authorities could also count on a show of strength, with hundreds of counter-demonstrators seizing control of the university entrance, chanting "Death to the seditionists".
Iran May be Experiencing a World-Changing, Legitimate Resistance Movement While American Media Yawns
Protests began to break out across Iran Thursday, beginning in small cities with a few hundred protestors and eventually ending up in the capital city of Tehran. Not that you would know it by looking at American media outlets, who largely yawned and continued to cover fluffy, end-of-year feature stories even as it was reported that Iranian police had decided they could no longer arrest uncovered women, which some assumed was because too many had thrown off the hijab.
This is a brutal hateful unpopular theocratic regime. Some people — @CNN — might tell you Iranians like the regime. They might even make it a headline. They might write PRO-GOVERNMENT RALLY in all caps. But this is still a brutal hateful unpopular theocratic regime. #IranProtestshttps://t.co/LDIM9rWxsn
The BBC reported that the protests were varied but had a common theme: frustration with the current political regime in Iran.
BuzzFeed News World correspondent Borzou Daragahi, who has covered Cairo, Beirut, Baghdad and Tehran, has been methodically covering the breaking news from the protest as they happen. His Twitter thread is updated regularly and not to be missed. It begins Thursday with the protest in Mashad and contains video of protests as well as on-the-ground analysis from those who know the players and the desires of the protestors.
The verdict is still out on whether this rash of discontent will hold and actually accomplish anything to benefit the suffering people of that Middle East nation. By Saturday, the Iranian regime had begun to crack down on “illegal” gatherings, although there does appear to be some agreement between Israel and the U.S. to begin mutually addressing Iran.
But the relative silence from American media on what looks to be a legitimate democratic human rights rally — especially when they couldn’t get enough of the Women’s March, the #MeToo scandals, and the anything having to so with the “Resist” movement — is louder than the shouts of the oppressed in Iran. And it’s shameful.
This is so odd. There is an enormous uprising of the common people in Iran against the government, and the mainstream media is just sitting there with its thumb up its Obama and mostly ignoring what’s going on.
I’m gonna try collect some of the more insightful tweets, videos, and images from the historic uprising.
They’re burning down images of Khameini:
I think that people don’t understand that although Iran is one of the world’s largest supporters of terrorism, many Iranians absolutely despise the government, but they’ve been too afraid to speak out. With the failing economy, they’re finally coming out in big numbers…
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) December 30, 2017
Important: In this thread, the Iranian Minister of Communication asks the CEO of Telegram, the most popular communication app in Iran, to shut down the channels on #Iranprotests. CEO @durov obliges. https://t.co/CzsWo2zORY
— MJ Azari Jahromi (@azarijahromi) December 30, 2017
PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS IRAN: Regime Mobilizes Police, Anti-Riot Forces Beat Protesters, "Death to Dictator!" Chanting Continues
This needs no explanation.
The regime is out in force.
The regime is out in force.
President Trump warned the regime late Friday night – “The World is Watching.”