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    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps: Riot of Year Failed

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    TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari announced on Wednesday that the riot of the year was over without any success for protesters.

    "I announce that the riot of 1396 [year according to Iranian calendar] has failed… The number of protesters was small and it did not exceed 15,000 people across Iran," Jafari said as quoted by the IRGC information portal.

    Jafari also accused Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh of ordering militants of the Daesh terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) to penetrate into Iranian territory "with the aim of subversion."

    This position echoes Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's statement made on January 1, in which he stated that the unrest had been provoked by a mix of existing internal problems and foreign influence.

    READ MORE: Rouhani: Iran Protests 'Type of Threat Which Should Be Turned Into Opportunity'

    Jafari's statement was made in wake of US President Donald Trump's promise of Washington's support "at the appropriate time" for Iranians protesting against President Hassan Rouhani's government, made earlier in the day.

    READ MORE: Trump Promises 'Great Support From US' to Iranian Protestors  

    The anti-government protests, the largest in nearly a decade and praised by some leaders, have been raging in Iran since December 28, as a response to a surge in fuel and food prices, as well as high rates of unemployment, inflation and air pollution. Several major cities in Iran, including Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, and Rasht, have been hit with protests.

    READ MORE: Hundreds of Iranians Take Part in Demonstrations Against Violence — Reports

    The social unrest has thus far claimed the lives of at least 20 people and resulted in 450 people being detained.

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