Unrest Continues in Iran, Protesters Attack Police Stations; 13 Reportedly Killed

Unrest Continues in Iran, Protesters Attack Police Stations; 13 Reportedly Killed

Unrest Continues in Iran, Protesters Attack Police Stations; 13 Reportedly Killed

Nearly nine years since the "Green movement" reformist protests were crushed by the state, Iran's adversaries voiced their support for the resurgence of anti-government sentiment.

Video posted on social media showed crowds of people, some chanting "Death to the dictator!" walking through the streets.

However, he also warned: "The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public unrest and create unrest in the society".

Several major cities in Iran, including Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan and Rasht, were first hit by protests on December 28, 2017.

"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. "Iranians have taken courageously to the streets across the country to demand an end to political and personal oppression, corruption and the regime's meddling in the region".

In a later report, state TV said killed six people were killed in the western town of Tuyserkan, 295 kilometres (185 miles) southwest of Tehran, and three in the town of Shahinshahr, 315 kilometres (195 miles) south of Tehran.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry reported on Monday that its agents have identified and arrested several key figures behind the recent disturbances at anti-government protest demonstrations over the past five days.

"200 people were arrested on Saturday, 150 on Sunday and around 100 on Monday", Ali-Asghar Naserbakht, a deputy in the Tehran city governor's office, told the reformist-linked ILNA news agency. "It's unclear how this is happening from town to town, except through social media".

Protests in Iran continued and grew more violent Sunday night.

He blamed the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia for involvement in the unrest in order to destabilize the country. "They have been repressed now for so many years by the ayatollahs, if they had their wishes, if they had a genuine election, they would overthrow this regime of religious thugs and substitute a real democracy". Many Iranians resent those foreign interventions, and want their leaders to create jobs at home, where youth unemployment reached 28.8% a year ago.

"I do not know whether yesterday's shooting was done by rally participants or the police and this issue is being investigated", Hedayatollah Khademi was quoted as saying. Up to 70 protesters were killed in those protests. Rouhani said Iran's enemies sought to incite Iranians to protest and had been outspoken in their desire to take revenge on Tehran for signing the 2015 nuclear agreement and its involvement in the Syrian conflict, in which Iran has backed forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. "They are hungry for food & for freedom".

According to Article 27 of the Iranian Constitution, "public gatherings and marches are allowed so long as the participants do not carry arms and are not in violation of the fundamental principles of Islam".

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