Iran’s President Rouhani Claims Victory Over Protests

Says foreign enemies won't benefit from the situation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday that Iran considers the protests over gasoline prices to have been put down, labeling it a victory over foreign enemies.

“The Iranian people have again succeeded in an historic test and shown they will not let enemies benefit from the situation,” Rouhani said, acknowledging that protesters have valid complaints about the country’s management.

Iranian officials were keen to draw a divide between the peaceful majority of protesters and argue that the violent protesters were either foreigners, or backed by foreign groups to stir unrest within Iran.

Iranian state television showed thousands of demonstrators in a pro-government rally in several cities, supporting the government and condemning the US and Israel as the source of the violence.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.