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Protests Continue In Iran

Protests Continue In Iran

Two people were killed overnight in the town of Dorud in western Iran as protests spread across the country, the province's deputy governor confirmed on Sunday.

Demonstrations were also reported in a number of other cities on Sunday night, including the capital Tehran.

Officials said two people were killed when what were described as rioters seized a fire engine and then crashed into two other vehicles.

A viral internet video of two dead demonstrators who passed away in Dorud, Iran after sustaining gunshot wounds fired by anti-riot police has forced authorities to block access to Instagram and Telegram social media Apps in the country. However, information about them remains scarce as both state-run and semi-official media in Iran have not widely reported on the protests.

"Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas", he wrote.

Up to 400 people are reported to have been arrested in recent days, including 200 in Tehran on Saturday night. These protests are nowhere near as large as the ones in 2009, but they are spreading day by day.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose administration struck the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, campaigned on freeing the men, though they remain detained.

On Twitter, President Trump has sought to portray the unrest as the direct result of "Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas".

"The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society", he said in remarks on state TV. They were apparently undeterred by the threat of an "iron fist" issued earlier in the day by the head of the Revolutionary Guard, charged with protecting Iran's Islamic theocracy. "Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves".


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