Jan 04 2018

Turkey’s pro-government media portray Iran protests as a ‘foreign intervention’

Turkey’s pro-government media said anti-government protests in Iran were a power play by “external forces”, pointing the finger at the United States and Israel.

The demonstrations, which started last week in the eastern Iranian city of Mashhad, spread to multiple cities, but appear to now be fading in the face of tougher security measures and arrests. The economic grievances that sparked the protests became more political and focused against the country’s political and religious leadership.

Doğu Perinçek, the leader of Turkey’s nationalist Homeland Party, was quoted by the Posta newspaper as saying the protests were mainly incited by the United States and Israel.

Mehmet Metiner, a member of parliament for Turkey’s ruling Islamist party, ruled out any domestic grievances behind the protests in Iran in his column in Star newspaper. “It is a purely U.S.-Israel conspiracy,” he said.

“Saying that the Iranians want reform is a threat to Turkey,” Metiner wrote. “It is a threat to the Turkish leadership that if they don’t implement reforms, they will end up like Iran.”