'Large number' of demonstrators arrested after mass protests close Iran's Grand Bazaar

Thousands of Iranians shut down Tehran's Grand Bazaar in largest protest in years

Thousands of Iranians shut down Tehran's Grand Bazaar in largest protest in years

Liberman wrote in Persian on his official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The spontaneous protest erupted at the Grand Bazaar on the morning of June 25, after the black-market exchange rate for Iran's rial currency fell by more than 10 percent in a single day despite moves by the government support it.

"In the past month, while you have fought for bread in the streets of Tehran, Qassem Suleimani has orchestrated several operations including $70 million worth of logistics in Syria".

Soleimani is the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, which oversees Iran's military activities overseas and provides support to terror and paramilitary groups. Iran was knocked out of the tournament Monday after a 1-1 tie to Portugal and star Cristiano Ronaldo despite an inspiring performance.

Dramatic videos posted on social media showed hundreds of people confronting police in riot gear as traders at Tehran's famed Grand Bazaar shut down their shops in protest.

RFE/RL reported that the protest at the bazaar began in a clothing market and soon spread to other markets - including a relatively more modern area where home appliances are sold.

Tehran's prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said some protesters near the bazaar were arrested on Monday and would not be released before going to trial.

The U.S.is pressing its allies to cut all oil imports from Iran by November 4, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.

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In May, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a wholesale change in Iran's military and regional policies, threatening the "strongest sanctions in history" if it refused.

"Even in the worst case, I promise that the basic needs of Iranians will be provided", Rouhani claimed. And yes, we will certainly be requesting that their oil imports go to zero.

The US official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters on Tuesday that Washington seeks "to isolate streams of Iranian funding" for the Islamic Republic's "malign behavior across the region".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country is in a "fight" with the USA, a day after protesters angered by Iran's tanking economy confronted police in front of parliament.

"The U.S. can not defeat our nation, our enemies are not able to get us to their knees", he said.

The pressure on Iran's economy since US President Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal on May 8 has been more severe than originally forecast, Haaretz reported earlier this month. In addition to this, Iran has opted to spend billions of dollars in financial aid to Palestinian terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Lebanon's Hezbollah, Yemen's Houthi rebels and its Shiite militias in Iraq.

Iranians chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" are a common occurance.

Meanwhile, protests broke out in Tehran as rial's value against the dollar continued to fall, which has made imports costlier. Those demonstrations, which largely took place outside of Tehran in some 75 smaller cities and towns, were seen as the largest protests since 2009.

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