Nine more dead as violent Iran protests continue over price of food

Casey Dawson
January 2, 2018

"Our nation will deal with this minority who chant slogans against the law and people's wishes, and insult the sanctities and values of the revolution".

State television reported six rioters were killed during an attack on a police station in the town of Qahdarijan.

Separately, an 11-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were reportedly killed in the town of Khomeinishahr, while a member of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard was killed in the town of Najafabad.

"The support rendered by the highest-ranking official of the U.S. regime along with a number of governments and arrogant powers' media, including the BBC, to the rioters indicates that the United States has plotted to foment a new sedition in Iran but it will bring nothing but humility and failure for the enemies of the Islamic Revolution", General Jazzayeri said.

A social media image showing protests in Tehran on December 30. Iran has seen its largest anti-government protests since the disputed presidential election in 2009. There have been reports of the regime blocking access to major social media websites in an attempt to curb the online activity of dissenters.

That brings the estimated death toll to 21 in unrest linked to the protests that began last Thursday in the second city of Mashhad and quickly spread across the country.

In separate comments in a gathering of lawmakers on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at his USA counterpart for commenting on the recent protests in Iran, saying the man who already called the Iranian people terrorists has no right to sympathize with the nation. Iranians were hoping for improved living conditions following the nuclear deal and the lifting of some global sanctions.

Anti-government protests continued across multiple cities in Iran for a fourth day on Sunday, the most widespread unrest in the country since the pro-democracy Green Movement in 2009 - though nowhere near the same scale thus far. They are hungry for food and for freedom.

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Elsewhere, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for Iran to engage in "meaningful debate" about the "legitimate and important" issues raised by the protesters.

"We regret the loss of life that has occurred in the protests in Iran, and call on all concerned to refrain from violence and for global obligations on human rights to be observed", he said.

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Rohani has criticized Trump for his tweets, saying he "has forgotten that he had called Iranian people "terrorists" a few months ago".

Both applications are popular among Iranians and useful in helping set up gathering points for demonstrators who are disappointed with rising prices and Rohani's unfulfilled promises to guarantee rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

"The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public property, violate public order, and create unrest in society", he said.

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