Trump slams govt crackdown in Iran, defends Iranians ‘killed for protesting’ Dec 04, 2019 0 173 12345 AFP LondonUS President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters, as rights groups said the death toll had soared.Protests erupted in Iran on November 15 after an announcement that petrol prices were going up by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.“Iran is killing perhaps thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak,” Trump told reporters in London ahead of a NATO summit.“That’s why they cut off the internet. They cut off the internet so people can’t see what’s going on.“And frankly, I don’t know how you get in there, I don’t know how you do your business but the press ought to get in there and see what’s going on.” Trump added: “The word is that thousands of people are being killed in Iran that are protesting.“Not just small numbers, which are bad; big numbers, which are really bad -- and really big numbers.” Asked if there was more that the United States could do, he replied: “I’d rather not say right now.“It’s a terrible thing and I think the world has to be watching.“But many, many people are being killed in Iran right now for protesting. For the mere fact that they’re protesting.” Banks and petrol stations were torched and shops looted in the violence which was quickly quashed by authorities who also imposed a week-long, near-total internet blackout.London-based human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday that at least 208 people were killed in the crackdown.Iran on Tuesday rejected as “utter lies” unofficial casualty figures given for the street violence.The authorities have not yet provided any overall death toll for the unrest. RELATED ARTICLES Iraq parties, allies debate new premier as violence hits capital, shrine cities Dec 04, 2019 0 195 Two soldiers killed, seven injured in roadside bomb in central Mali: Army Dec 04, 2019 0 1357 Nearly a third of residents in southern Israel consider move Dec 04, 2019 0 786 Syrian refugees leave Lebanon to head back home Beirut: Some 71 families from Syrian refugees living in Lebanon voluntarily returned to their homeland on Tuesday, Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported. Scores of Syrian refugees, accompanied by Lebanese .. Zimbabwe’s Mugabe left $10 mn, 10 cars, a farm and two houses Harare: Zimbabwe’s late former president Robert Mugabe left US$10 million, 10 cars, a farm and two houses, details of his estate released on Tuesday revealed. The state-owned Herald newspaper said his daughter, Bona .. US ends freeze on $100 million in Lebanon aid AFP Washington US President Donald Trump’s administration said on Monday it has released $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon that had been quietly frozen for months amid US complaints about the clout of .. 23 killed, dozens injured as fire engulfs factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum: Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, officials said. Thick plumes of black smoke .. Iran videos hit internet revealing scope of crackdown Nicosia: Videos showing harrowing scenes of bleeding protesters, burning roadblocks and snipers on rooftops have emerged after Iran lifted a near-total internet blackout, opening a window onto what analysts say was ..