Anti-Government Protests Across Iran are not Going Away
04:18, Jan 2, 2018
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Iranian hard-liners rallied on Saturday in support of the country's supreme leader and clerically overseen government as spontaneous protests sparked by anger over the ailing economy hit major cities in the Islamic Republic. Many in Izeh, some 455 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Tehran, have hunting rifles in their homes.
"Unfortunately in these clashes two citizens from Dorud were killed".
One official has confirmed the deaths of two protesters in Dorud in western Iran.
Iranian protesters took to the streets in the cities of Tehran, Kermanshah, Shahrekord, Mashhad, Tabriz, Bandar Abbas, Ahwaz, Amol, Izeh, Arak, Zanjan, Kerman, Lahijan, Behbahan, Doroud, Khorramabad, Gorgan, Saveh, Malayer, Hashtgerd, Chabahar, etc.
State media have now begun broadcasting some footage on the protests, though it focused on young men attacking banks and vehicles or burning the Iranian flag, reported AFP news agency.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech on Sunday evening in an attempt to ease tensions in the country.
"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 by ILNA as saying.
Foreign support can often be detrimental for protesters within Iran, as it routinely is used by the regime to undermine homegrown opposition demands.
"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. These protests are nowhere near as large as the ones in 2009, but they are spreading day by day.
Hundreds of people have been arrested.
And he accused the authorities of "squandering the nation's wealth to fund terrorism abroad". "Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves". A videos posted on social media appeared to show two young Iranian protesters lying motionless on the ground and covered with blood and a voiceover said they had been shot dead by the SSF.
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