Nine killed in Iran as anti-regime protests continue

Nine killed in Iran as anti-regime protests continue

Kerry Wise
January 2, 2018

The level of protests in Iran escalated on Monday after demonstrators ignored President Hassan Rouhani's calls for calm and instead attacked a religious school and offices for the Basij, in the absence of any accurate information about the number of victims in their ranks. State media said that armed protesters tried to over-run police stations and military bases.

One police officer was killed and three others injured during protests in Najafabad city near Isfahan.

According to the broadcaster, all three of the deceased were shot with hunting rifles.

Trump and Nauert had tweeted in support of the recent economic protests in a number of Iranian towns.

The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, some 215 miles south of Tehran, the capital.

The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have been sparked by anger over the country's flagging economy and a jump in food prices.

The protests erupted last Thursday in Mashhad, Iran's second largest city, and quickly spread to cities nationwide.

"The people are absolutely free in expressing their criticisms and even protests", Mr Rouhani told his cabinet in remarks reported on state media.

Iranian authorities have also blocked access to Instagram and Telegram social media Apps in the country after a video of two dead demonstrators who passed away after sustaining gunshot wounds fired by anti-riot police went viral.

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Officers arrived on the scene and shortly after found several weapons and ammunition in his hotel room. The 49-year-old was arrested for assaulting a peace officer and trespassing, according to the police.

'The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years, ' he wrote. They are hungry for food and for freedom.

Around 100 people were arrested overnight in the same region, state television reported.

The EU has also pushed Iran to guarantee the right to protest.

"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 worldwide obligations on human rights to be observed", he said.

Iran's economy has improved since the nuclear deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the end of some global sanctions.

Meanwhile, Bahrain became the first Arab Gulf state to issue a travel warning for Iran.

Trump has refused to re-certify a 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed Iran's disputed nuclear program in return for a lifting of most worldwide sanctions.

In a statement on Twitter, the ministry cautioned that Iran was seeing "large-scale disturbances and an unstable security situation" as well as "grave acts of violence".