Iran's authorities declare end of 'sedition'

Iran's authorities declare end of 'sedition'

The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran officially said that the anti-regime protests had ended in the country as thousands of people attended rallies in a state-organised display of support for the Islamic republic, the top commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Jafari said.

"Today, I can say, is the end of this sedition. Our [good] security status and people’s prudence caused the enemy to experience another failure," the Financial Times cited Mohammad-Ali Jafari as saying.

Ali Jafari said the number of troublemakers did not exceed 15,000 people nationwide.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that the protests have been both because of internal problems and foreign interventions, adding that they were being pushed by Saudi Arabia, the US and Israel.

According top Article 27 of the Iranian Constitution, public gatherings and marches are allowed so long as the participants do not carry arms and are not in violation of the fundamental principles of Islam.

The Iranian Interior Ministry said the police and internal security forces "fully control the situation in Tehran and other cities of Iran where street protests took place.

State television broadcast live footage of pro-government rallies in a number of Iranian cities where marchers waved Iranian flags and portraits of Rouhani and Ali Khamenei, Iran’s paramount leader since 1989, Reuters reported.

As Vestnik Kavkaza earlier reported, video of yesterday's shooting, was uploaded onto Iran's social networking sites. Sources do not specify in which city of Iran the shooting took place. According to the footage, the shooting occurred in the evening, and the scene of the incident was heavily smoked up by some special means.

At least 22 people have died and 450 have been arrested following violent clashes in Iran as anti-government protests continue across the country since December 28, 2017.