Friday, December 29, 2017
Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran. The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies. A small number of people have been arrested in Tehran, the capital.
The demonstrations are the most serious and widespread expression of public discontent in Iran since protests in 2009 that followed a disputed election, correspondents say.
Demonstrators were reportedly heard yelling slogans including "The people are begging, the clerics act like God". Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.
The protests on Thursday started with anger at the inability of the government of President Hassan Rouhani to control prices - the cost of eggs has doubled in a week.
However, some developed into broader anti-government protests, calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to police beatings.
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