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

02 January, 2018, 10:35 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Nine more dead as violent Iran protests continue over price of food

According to Iranian state media, 14 people and one policeman have been killed after five days of protests in different cities across the country which may not abate anytime soon.

Nine more people, including an 11-year-old boy, have been killed as anti-government protests continued across Iran on Tuesday.

A POLICE officer has been shot dead and three others wounded as anti-government protests continue in Iran, officials said yesterday.

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

Among those killed were six protesters who had attempted to steal guns from a police station in the town of Qahdarijan.

Separately, and following reports about the suspension of the internet service in several cities, the Amad News channel, which played a leading role in mobilizing the people to protest in the streets, said the United States may launch a satellite that provides free services for internet users in Iran.

The Iranian foreign ministry had also on Saturday strongly deplored the recent comments by Trump and State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert in support of the recent economic protests in Iran, describing them as "cheap, worthless and invalid".

The protests have become the biggest test for the regime since demonstrations following the disputed 2009 presidential election.

The slaying marked the first security force member to be killed in the unrest.

The latest demonstrations came despite President Hassan Rouhani's vow that the nation would deal with "rioters and lawbreakers".

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

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a small protest in Tehran's Enghelab Square on Sunday evening, according to unverified social media videos. "Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted", Trump wrote in a tweet.

"I demand all prosecutors across the country to get involved and the approach should be strong", he said.

USA president Donald Trump, a critic of Tehran, commented again on the protests in tweets on Monday.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson issued a statement late Monday saying 'there should be meaningful debate about the legitimate and important issues the protesters are raising and we look to the Iranian authorities to permit this'.

Rouhani also stressed Monday that Iran 'has seen many similar events and passed them easily'.



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