Military official: Iranian authorities control situation in Tehran, other cities
Military official: Iranian authorities control situation in Tehran, other cities
Nine more people killed in anti-government protests in Iran, according to state TV
03 January, 2018, 01:28
An Iranian lawmaker says two more protesters have been killed and others wounded during a demonstration in the southwest amid nationwide protests over the government's handling of the economy.
Video posted on social media showed crowds of people, some chanting "Death to the dictator!" walking through the streets. "The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are angry with the glory, success, and the progress of the Iranian nation; and they have vowed to get the regional troubles into Iran", he said at a meeting with chairmen of the parliament's commissions on Monday, according to the Mehr news agency.
Frustrations over economic hardships and alleged corruption erupted in Iran's second city of Mashhad on Thursday and escalated into calls for the religious establishment in power since the 1979 revolution to step down.
"Some armed protesters tried to take control of some police stations and military bases but they met strong resistance from security forces", state TV said.
"What is happening in Iran will be over in a few days, and there is no reason to worry at all", he said in remarks reported by the state-run Press TV.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected comments by Iran President Hassan Rouhani, who blamed Israel for standing behind the anti-government protests in Iran.
Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on Monday ordered the country's prosecutors to take serious measures in dealing with the rioters vandalizing public properties amid the recent civil protests.
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Unsigned statements on social media urged Iranians to continue to demonstrate in 50 towns and cities.
Iran is still witnessing a wave of demonstrations, which are being held in many cities across the country.
Third: Rouhani meets some of the demands, while the security forces keep suppressing and containing the protests in order not to increase.
A Monday report by the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Hedayatollah Khademi, a representative for the town of Izeh, as saying the deaths happened there Sunday night. They seek freedom. They seek justice. U.S. President Donald Trump continued his tweets in support of protesters into the New Year.
Two demonstrators were killed during a protest in western Iran late Saturday. "Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators can not communicate".
"But choosing years of austerity immediately after a very tough period of sanctions is bound to test people's patience", he told AFP.
He added that "after the confrontation of the past days it is all the more important for all sides to refrain from violent action".
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