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Deadly clashes reported in Iran as protests continue

02 January 2018

The highest-ranking USA official's direct expression of support for rioters in recent protests in Iran and the supportive voices by a number of other governments and Western media outlets reveal that the U.S. had plans for inciting a sedition inside Iran, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Monday.

Nine people were killed overnight in unrest related to protests in the Isfahan region of central Iran, according to the state broadcaster.

A POLICE officer has been shot dead and three others wounded as anti-government protests continue in Iran, officials said yesterday.

Reports say authorities in Iran imposed the ban as a security measure during rare anti-government protests over rising cost of food and fuel prices which has gone violent.

Lawmaker Hedayatollah Khademi said two people were killed in Izeh town in Khuzestan province Sunday night, the Iranian Labour News Agency reported.

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The protests began as demonstrations against economic conditions in Mashhad but quickly turned against the government, with thousands marching in towns across Iran to chants of "Death to the dictator".

Iranians took to the streets for a fifth night of demonstrations on Monday in a snub to the country's clerical leadership as tensions rose further with the first killing of a police officer. Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested.

Authorities have also blocked access to Instagram and the messaging app Telegram to try to damp down the protests.

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State media began showing some footage of the demonstrations on Sunday, focusing on young men attacking banks and vehicles, an attack on a town hall in Tehran, and images of a man burning the Iranian flag.

Iran has seen its largest anti-government protests since the disputed presidential election in 2009.

It reported that clashes were sparked by rioters who tried to steal guns from the police station.

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.

'I demand all prosecutors across the country to get involved and the approach should be strong, ' he said.

More: Iran unrest threatens Tehran's tyrants.

U.S. president Donald Trump backed the demonstrators, saying they were right to make a stand.

In a statement on Twitter, the ministry cautioned that Iran was seeing "large-scale disturbances and an unstable security situation" as well as "grave acts of violence".

Deadly clashes reported in Iran as protests continue