Iran Bloody Week: at Least 20 People Died and 450 Arrested in Protests (Video)

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Iran is under a bloody week of protests and the death toll is now at least 20.

Keep on reading to know more.

What happened?

The protests began Thursday in Mashhad as people were dissatisfied with Iran’s weak economy and a jump in food prices. The protest started because of economic woes turned into political and have expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

All the protest rallies so far haven’t received prior permission from the Interior Ministry, making them illegal under Iranian law.

Iranian government official reported about at least 450 people were arrested since protests began last week.

According to the state broadcast, a focus of violence was a police station in Qahdarijan, Isfahan province, which protesters allegedly tried to raid to steal guns.

The Iranian government has blocked access to messaging app Telegram and photo app Instagram amid several days of protests in what authorities say is a move “to maintain tranquillity and security of society,” according to state-run media. 

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Source: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Victims

As for now, it was reported about 20 people died. Among the fatalities was an 11-year-old boy and a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since a disputed presidential election in 2009, have seen six days of unrest across the country.

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Source: AP

Reactions

Iran’s Supreme Leader has accused enemies of the Islamic Republic of stirring unrest.

“In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying in a post on his official website.

Mr Khamenei said he would address the nation about the recent events “when the time is right”.

President Donald Trump reacted on Twitter saying that Iranians were “finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism”.

Iran’s foreign ministry called earlier comments from Mr Trump and other US officials “opportunistic and deceitful”.
The EU has called on Iran to guarantee its citizens’ right to peaceful protest, saying it had been in touch with Iranian authorities and was monitoring the situation.

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