Police Spokesman: Calm Prevails over Iran
“At present, the country enjoys a good level of security and we are fully in command of intelligence,” General Montazer al-Mahdi told FNA on Wednesday.
He, meantime, underlined that the police forces reacted to the recent protests and unrest with deterrent weapons and practiced self-restraint to calm the situation.
Montazer al-Mahdi expressed pleasure that the people with economic grievances withheld their presence in the street protests to leave alone those who were damaging public properties and were turning the protest rallies into riots and unrest.
Meantime, Tehran’s Public and Revolution Courts Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi announced on Tuesday that tens of other detainees arrested by the security forces during the recent unrest and riots have been released.
“70 other detainees were freed on bail after preliminary investigations were completed following detention of a number of suspects in the recent riots and in line with the Judiciary chief’s order to differentiate between those who have been deceived and the main culprits behind the recent riots,” Jafari Dolatabadi said.
Last week, a number of peaceful protests began in several areas across the country, with the participants calling on authorities to address their economic issues.
However, the economic protests in a number of Iranian towns in the past few days turned into riots each comprised of a few hundred protesters after the peaceful gatherings were overshadowed when armed elements and vandals showed up among ordinary protesters and began to launch attacks on public property, police stations and religious sites.
The original protesters soon left the streets upon calls by the authorities so security forces could deal with the rioters and sporadic violence, which continued in some towns and cities for several days.
After the unrests, thousands of Iranian people took to the streets across the country, including the capital Tehran, on consecutive days to show their solidarity with the Islamic Republic and condemn the recent scattered riots in some areas of the country.