UN Security Council split on Iranian demonstrations


U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council on Friday to focus on deadly protests in Iran, but the hearing didn't go as planned.

The United States called on the council to demand Iran improve its human rights situation.

America's antagonists on the Security Council had harsh words for why the session was even called, arguing the issue is not one of global security, but rather domestic politics.

The United States requested the meeting, which lasted for about 2 hours. "As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC fund foreign militants, terrorist groups, and human rights abuses".

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia shot back that if the United States view holds, the council should have also discussed the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting of a black teenager or the U.S. crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement.

China's envoy said that if Haley's logic were to be followed consistently, the Security Council should have held hearings after the 2014 racial protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in 2011.

Protests that shook Iran were not just aimed at the economy, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, remarks suggesting the real targets were powerful conservatives opposed to his plans to expand individual freedoms at home and promote detente overseas.

Hundreds carried out demonstrations in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Germany in support of Iranian protesters facing repression from the government in the past two weeks.

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken it upon himself to amplify his already harsh criticism of the government in Tehran, using the aforementioned protests as fuel in his fire.

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Unongo recalled that a large number of Benue sons and daughters were among the contingents that fought the Nigerian civil war. He said: "This is a black Thursday, not only for the people of Benue State , but also for the entire nation".

"There are workers who say they have not received their salaries for months".

Alma Konurbayeva, a spokeswoman for current council president Kazakhstan, confirmed that Friday afternoon's meeting is about Iran.

"If we are not careful, we will end up surreptitiously rebuilding an "axis of evil", Mr Macron added, referring to a comment by former United States president George W. Bush, who used the term to describe the "rogue" regimes of Iran, Iraq and North Korea.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani meanwhile said that despite the exploitation of the protests by outsiders, authorities should listen to the demonstrators' economic grievances. While the Iranian's leadership "claims" it has halted the turmoil, the protestors stated that despite not having access to their mobile Internet App, Telegram, they will continue to protest against the regime, the Telegraph.UK reported.

She called on all of her other colleagues in the Security Council to join her in amplifying the message of the Iranian people.

The U.S. imposed new sanctions Thursday on five Iranian entities over their involvement in developing ballistic missiles. "The nation does not support a social network that has its key in the hands of the United States".

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter after the session that the Security Council "rebuffed the U.S.' naked attempt to hijack its mandate".

The Iranian government controls the media, and does not allow freedom of speech, so protesters are resorting to other means in order to get this story out.