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24 Nov 2019 | 09:39 PM UTC

Iran: Pro-government protest due in Tehran November 25 /update 6

Pro-government activists plan rally in Tehran on November 25, counterprotests likely; further unrest and associated disruptions probable over the coming days

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Event

A state-supported local news outlet has said that pro-government activists plan to rally in Tehran on Monday, November 25. It did not immediately report a meeting time or location, but said that turnout is expected to be large. Counterprotests are possible. The news outlet also reported that on Sunday, November 24, a senior representative of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had said that the IRGC had arrested 180 "rioters" who they claim are responsible for violence during recent protests. The IRGC official was quoted as promising to severely punish the "mercenaries". Further protests are likely should the punishments go ahead.

As of Sunday, internet service across Iran has been nearly completely restored following days of unrest sparked by fuel price hikes that left more than 100 people dead, a figure that officials have disputed.

A heightened security presence, continued nationwide protests, and clashes between demonstrators and security forces are likely throughout Iran over the coming days. Disruptions to transportation and business are to be anticipated in areas affected by demonstrations.

Context

On November 14, the Iranian government announced a fuel price hike that sparked nationwide protests on November 15. Clashes between protesters and security forces have left at least 106 people dead as of November 21, as security forces have reportedly fired live ammunition, tear gas, and water cannons to disperse demonstrators. Authorities began limiting access to the internet on November 16. Iranian authorities have said that security forces have arrested about 1000 people, with protests recorded in more than 50 cities. However, advocacy groups suggest the number is closer to at least 2755 people.

Advice

Individuals in Iran are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, prepare for associated disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.