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Protests in Tehran on Saturday
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Iran state TV: At least 12 people killed in street protests
Six people said killed in the western town of Tuyserkan, and 3 others in Shahinshahr; unsigned statements on social media call for more rallies in Tehran and 50 other urban centers Monday.

Ten people were killed during street protests in Iran on Sunday, state television said on Monday, bringing the overall number of casualties in the demonstrations to 12.

 

 

The nationwide protests have drawn in tens of thousands of people and represent the boldest challenge to Iran's leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009. Calls for more demonstrations on Monday raise the possibility of prolonged instability.

 

"In the events of last night, unfortunately, a total of about 10 people were killed in several cities," state television said while showing footage of burning buildings, as well as an ambulance crew trying to aid a wounded person amid a crowd of shouting people. It also showed a fire truck that appeared to have been attacked and burned. 

 

Protests in Tehran on Saturday (Photo: EPA)
Protests in Tehran on Saturday (Photo: EPA)

 

"Some armed protesters tried to take over some police stations and military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces," state TV reported. It did not say where those attacks occurred.

 

Later Monday, state TV said six people were killed in the western town of Tuyserkan, 295 kilometers (185 miles) southwest of Tehran. It said three others were killed in the town of Shahinshahr, 315 kilometers (195 miles) south of Tehran. It did not say where the 10th person was killed.

 

Earlier Monday, the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Hedayatollah Khademi, a representative for the town of Izeh, as saying two people died there Sunday night. It was not clear if they were included in the state TV toll.

 

"I do not know whether yesterday's shooting was done by rally participants or the police and this issue is being investigated," Khademi was quoted as saying.

 

Regional governor Mostafa Samali told the semi-official news agency Fars that just one person had been killed and that the incident was unrelated to the protests and the alleged shooter had been arrested.

 

Protests in Tehran on Saturday (Photo: AP)
Protests in Tehran on Saturday (Photo: AP)

    

Unsigned statements posted on social media urged Iranians to demonstrate again in the capital Tehran and 50 other urban centers.

 

Iran is a major OPEC oil producer and regional power but frustrations have grown at home while the country is deeply involved in Syria and Iraq as part of a battle for influence with rival Saudi Arabia.

 

Those foreign interventions are also fueling anger in the Islamic Republic because Iranians want their leaders to create jobs instead of engaging in costly proxy wars.

 

The unrest erupted in the second city of Mashhad against price rises but it swiftly spread and turned into political rallies.

 

Chants against Khamenei in Mashhad

Chants against Khamenei in Mashhad

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Some called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and chanted against a government they described as thieves.

 

Demonstrators say they are angry over corruption and economic hardship in a country where youth unemployment reached 28.8 percent last year.

 

Protests continued overnight even though President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm. In remarks carried on state TV, he said Iranians had the right to criticize authorities but also warned of a crackdown.

 

"The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society," Rouhani said. Hundreds of people have been arrested but security forces have largely shown restraint.

 

Iran's leaders believe they can count on support from many of the generation that took part in the 1979 revolution because of their ideological commitment and the economic gains they have made under the government, analysts say.

 

Social media restrictions

Police in the center of Tehran fired water cannon on Sunday to try to disperse demonstrators, according to pictures on social media.

 

Demonstrations turned violent in Shahin Shahr in central Iran. Videos showed protesters attacking the police, turning over a car and setting it on fire. Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the footage.

 

There were also reports of demonstrations in the western cities of Sanandaj and Kermanshah as well as Chabahar in the southeast and Ilam and Izeh in the southwest.

 

The protests were the biggest since unrest in 2009 that followed the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

 

Videos showed people in central Tehran chanting: "Down with the dictator!" in an apparent reference to Khamenei.

 

Protesters in Khorramabad in western Iran shouted: "Khamenei, shame on you, leave the country alone!"

 

The government said it would temporarily restrict access to the Telegram messaging app and Instagram, owned by Facebook Inc , state television said. There were also reports that mobile access to the internet was being blocked in some areas.

 

"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 cannot communicate. Not good!" US President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday.

 

Rouhani said earlier the US president had no right to sympathize with Iranians since he "called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago."

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 


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