At Least 10 Dead In Iran Protests As World Pressure Grows

People protest near the University of Tehran Iran on Saturday in this

State TV reported on January 2 that six of the nine killed overnight were attempting to steal weapons during the attack on the town's police station in Iran's central Isfahan Province, about 350 kilometers south of Tehran.

Brigadier-General Esmail Kowsari reportedly told the ISNA news agency: "If people came into the streets over high prices, they should not have chanted those slogans and burned public property and cars". The authorities are said to have restricted access to social media however videos posted on line have shown crowds of people calling for the religious establishment to step down.

The protests have become the biggest test for the regime since demonstrations following the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Ali Shamkhani, Iranian Supreme National Security Council secretary, blamed the violence on social media and said some foreign countries were interfering in his country's domestic affairs. "The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are angry with the glory, success, and the progress of the Iranian nation; and they have vowed to get the regional troubles into Iran", he said at a meeting with chairmen of the parliament's commissions on Monday, according to the Mehr news agency.

USA president Donald Trump, a critic of Tehran, commented again on the protests in tweets on Monday. Iranians were hoping for improved living conditions following the nuclear deal and the lifting of some worldwide sanctions.

"Certainly, the great Iranian nation has closely pursued Mr. Trump's active partnership in violating the Palestinian, Yemeni and Bahraini people's human rights" and remember his hostile approach towards Iranians' visit to the United States, he added. They are hungry for food and for freedom.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged the public's anger over the flagging economy, but he has also warned that rioters and looters will be arrested.

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'We regret the loss of life that has occurred in the protests in Iran, and call on all concerned to refrain from violence and for global obligations on human rights to be observed, ' he said.

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"This man who today in America wants to sympathise with our people has forgotten that a few months ago he called the nation of Iran terrorist".

Both apps were used by activists to organise the demonstrations and share images and information.

There have been reminders of the continued support for the regime among conservative sections of society, with pro-government students staging counterdemonstrations at the University of Tehran over the weekend.

"It's clear there's a kind of discontent that's sweeping Iran over broad issues".

Some unconfirmed reports on social media have stated that the city was also briefly occupied by anti-government protesters.

The Intelligence Ministry said in a statement that "rioters and instigators" had been identified "and will be dealt with seriously soon".

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