IRAN ON EDGE: Leaders in Tehran ‘CALL FOR CALM’ After Nationwide Protests

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Leaders in Tehran are calling for a day of “calm” following this weekend’s widespread “water” protests; when local residents attacked public buildings and other facilities over a host of issues including a severe water shortage.

According to Reuters, Iranian authorities pledged to address a series of concerns after the weekend’s violent demonstrations, including increasing resident’s access to drinking water and stopping the escalating currency crisis.

"Our effort is to bring these protests to an end as soon as possible with restraint from police and the cooperation of authorities, but if the opposite happens, the judiciary and law enforcement forces will carry out their duties,” said Iran’s Interior Minister.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony over the weekend, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei told students the US was working with other states in the region to destabilize the Islamic Republic.

“If America was able to act against Iran, it would not need to form coalitions with notorious and reactionary states in the region and ask their help in fomenting unrest and instability,” he said.