TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Thousands of people staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day on Saturday to express their support for the Islamic Establishment and condemn the recent foreign-backed riots in the country.
The capital, Tehran, and the cities of Sari, Amol, and Semnan in the north, Ilam in the west, and Kerman in the south were all scenes of pro-government rallies on Saturday.
The demonstrators waved Iranian flags and chanted "Death to America", "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain".
Saturday's show of support came a day after the US failed to spur the UN Security Council to act against Iran over the recent protests in the country against high prices, as most members described it as an internal issue outside the purview of the UNSC and voiced support for the JCPOA.
During a UNSC urgent meeting on Iran’s protests on Friday, Washington found itself at odds with its European partners, who used the hard-won discussion to reject American efforts to make the protests an excuse for ditching the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Last week, peaceful protests over rising prices and economic problems broke out in some Iranian cities, but the unauthorized gatherings turned violent after a number of opportunists, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.
Following the unrest, Iranians held several demonstrations across the country to condemn the violent riots and acts of vandalism, and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment.
Iranian officials maintain that people have the right to stage protests to express their opinions, as long as rallies comply with the legal conditions.