Iran Protests Death Toll Reaches 10

Iranian state television has reported as of midday, January 1, 2018, that 10 people have been killed amid nationwide protests, without elaborating on the victims or the causes of death.

Authorities have previously confirmed four deaths. It was unclear where the others occurred.

13:35 (GMT+4) At least two individuals have been killed during protests in the southwestern city of Izeh in Khuzestan Province last night, an MP said.

The MP for Izeh and Baghmalek, Hedayatollah Khademi, has confirmed that two individuals were killed by gunfire during last night’s protests against high prices and the economic situation in his county, ILNA news agency reported.

The lawmaker, however, did not confirm if the bullets were fired by the law enforcement forces, describing the presence of weapons among some groups of protesters in the county as a major problem.

Earlier on Saturday night, two other citizens were killed in the western city of Dorud in Lorestan Province during the violent civil unrest.

Over the past four days, some groups of people joined demonstrations in a number of cities including the capital Tehran, Mashhad, and Kermanshah to protest against high prices and alleged corruption.

The protests are the largest in Iranian history since the 2009 Green Movement, which saw an eruption of crowds in the streets following the disputed 2009 election.

The protestors also chanted slogans against the government — even challenging the very foundations of the Islamic republic — and high ranking clerics and officials in the country.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has urged people to refrain from joining “illegal gatherings in the country.”

* Expanded from original article by Khalid Kazimov for Trend News Agency. © Trend News Agency 2018. All rights reserved.