Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrested for anti-regime remarks

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The newer protests started with small economic protests over high inflation and unemployment, and a crackdown fairly quickly anger the public and turned it into a political battle.

According to the report Ahmadinejad was arrested in Shiraz city following statements he made earlier in Bushehr.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi, an Arab newspaper in the United Kingdom released a report that Iran's former president, Mahmoud #Ahmadinejad has been arrested and placed under house arrest for condemning Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and provoking the unrest and #Protests that have plagued the nation for the past few weeks.

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He supposedly added that Iran was suffering from "mismanagement" and that the government of President Hassan Rouhani "believes that they own the land and that the people are an ignorant society".

Price hikes sparked protests in a number of cities and towns late last month, and at least 21 people were killed in scattered clashes.

Iran's state TV on Saturday showed pro-government rallies in several cities, starting with Amol, in the northern province of Mazandaram, with hundreds of people waving the Iranian flag and chanting slogans against the U.S. and Israel. While many Iranians have thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his support, the Trump administration plans to continue to enforce sanctions against the nation and does appear that he supports a regime change. He attempted to run for president again in 2017, but the Iranian Guardian Council ruled him ineligible to run.

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What did Ahmadinejad say that got him arrested?

This is the country's largest wave of anti-government protests since the "Green Revolution" erupted in 2009 following a controversial presidential election. "In remarks that outlet Al-Monitor suggests were intended for Ahmadinejad, Khamenei recently warned that "[one who] pretends to be revolutionary is not [necessarily] a revolutionary" and that "those who had all the country's facilities under their control and those who had the countries' management facilities under their control aren't entitled to play the role of opposition and talk against the country; rather, they should be responsive [now]".

The Times of Israel could not independently confirm the report.

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