WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Protests continued in Iran, Saturday. Iranian state television showed pro-government demonstrators repeating chants against the United States and Israel. The report by Iranian state TV called the rally "response to rioters and supporters of the riots," according to the Associated Press.
Protests have been ongoing in the country since Dec. 28, 2017. During previous rallies, Iranians opposing the nation's leaders and calling for a regime change. These protests were attributed to the increasing food prices and high unemployment rates. At least 21 people have died as a result of the demonstrations.
A recent report by the Los Angeles Times used the popular Instagram account "Rich Kids of Tehran" as an example to show the stark contrast between the nations wealthy young and elite from those Iranians struggling to make ends meet.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently submitted a $337 billion dollar draft budget to the countries parliament. Approximately $100 billion of that money was earmarked to create jobs and confront the countries additional financial woes, according to Bloomberg. However, the budget also cuts a cash transfer program for the low-income families, CNN reported.
In contrast to the many protesters speaking against leaders like Iran's president, The "Rich Kids of Tehran" twitter account has spoken in support of Rouhani.
Recently Iran has blocked the photo-sharing site Instagram because it was being used to publicize the protests. On Saturday, access to the site was restored.
Twitter and Facebook are banned in Iran.
President Donald Trump has encouraged anti-government protesters and used Twitter to show his support.
The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018