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Iran: Hundreds rally in Rasht as protests spread nationwide01:32

Iran: Hundreds rally in Rasht as protests spread nationwide

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Rasht
December 30, 2017 at 09:57 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people took to the streets of the northern Iranian city of Rasht on Friday night as part of a wider national protest against rising prices, unemployment and corruption.Protesters gathered peacefully and chanted slogans against Iranian political, religious and judicial authorities. Riot police were on the scene.Protests were also reported in a dozen cities across the country on Friday including capital Tehran. Friday’s protests came on the heels of a demonstration on Thursday in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, against rising food and commodity prices and economic hardships. Fifty two people were arrested, according to a judicial official. The United States condemned the arrests, with President Donald Trump tweeting: "Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!"Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri suggested that government opponents may be behind the protests, according to comments carried by state broadcaster IRIB.The Revolutionary Guard, which cracked down on protesters in 2009, said in a statement carried by state media that there were efforts to repeat unrest before adding "the Iranian nation will not allow the country to be hurt."Prices of food staples such as eggs in Iran have increased by up to 40 percent in recent days, according to reports.

Iran: Hundreds rally in Rasht as protests spread nationwide01:32
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Hundreds of people took to the streets of the northern Iranian city of Rasht on Friday night as part of a wider national protest against rising prices, unemployment and corruption.Protesters gathered peacefully and chanted slogans against Iranian political, religious and judicial authorities. Riot police were on the scene.Protests were also reported in a dozen cities across the country on Friday including capital Tehran. Friday’s protests came on the heels of a demonstration on Thursday in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, against rising food and commodity prices and economic hardships. Fifty two people were arrested, according to a judicial official. The United States condemned the arrests, with President Donald Trump tweeting: "Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!"Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri suggested that government opponents may be behind the protests, according to comments carried by state broadcaster IRIB.The Revolutionary Guard, which cracked down on protesters in 2009, said in a statement carried by state media that there were efforts to repeat unrest before adding "the Iranian nation will not allow the country to be hurt."Prices of food staples such as eggs in Iran have increased by up to 40 percent in recent days, according to reports.

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