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Two killed in Iran protests: deputy governor
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02 January, 2018

Iran's deputy speaker of the parliament on Sunday said the Interior Ministry should accept public demands instead of "raising difficulties" in the wake of anti-government protests across the country.

The mass demonstrations have gripped Iran since last Thursday, with thousands of people taking to the streets in a number of cities in protest against poverty and unemployment.

Up to 400 people are reported to have been arrested in recent days, including 200 in Tehran on Saturday night.

The state TV report said 10 were killed during clashes Sunday night, without elaborating.

Later Monday, state TV said six people were killed in the western town of Tuyserkan, 295 kilometers (185 miles) southwest of Tehran.

The report gave no further information on the location or causes of deaths.

Izeh is about 280 miles southwest of Iran's capital Tehran.

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"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. These protests are nowhere near as large as the ones in 2009, but they are spreading day by day.

"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.

Mr Rouhani described the U.S. president as an "enemy of the Iranian nation from the top of his head to his very toes" after Mr Trump said Iranians were "finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism".

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, anti-riot Iranian police prevent university students to join other protesters over Iran weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech on Sunday evening in an attempt to ease tensions in the country.

However, according to the Associated Press, the Iranian state government has blocked various social media sites, as well as a popular messaging smartphone application called "Telegram".


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