Iranian President Urges Peaceful Protest as Deaths Mount
The message got lost. President Hassan Rouhani spoke yesterday about protests roiling Iran, saying people have the right to dissent, though not violently. But last night 10 people were reported killed in clashes in several cities, raising the unrest’s toll to 12. Iran’s biggest protests since 2009 have persisted since Thursday, starting with economic complaints but escalating to criticism of the Islamic Republic’s theocratic leaders. With opposition figures largely silenced, demonstrators have no obvious leaders and have been hindered by Iran’s reported blocking of social networks they’ve used to organize.