Iranian Official Warns Against New Rallies After Price Protests Turn Political

30 December, 2017, 02:37 | Author: Kim Reid

Some social media videos showed demonstrators chanting "Death to Rouhani" and "Death to the dictator".

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, saluted the heroic people of Kermanshah and other cities who rose up today with the slogans "death or freedom", "death to Rouhani", "death to the dictator", and "political prisoners must be freed", and protested against high prices, poverty and corruption.

Various chants appeared to target both Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, without naming him, and President Hassan Rohani.

In social media footage, riot police were seen using water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds.

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State media quoted Mohsen Hamadani, a deputy governor of Tehran Province, as saying that law enforcement agencies would take tough measures against any gatherings in the wake of the protests in Mashhad.

Thousands of people also marched in protest in cities of Qom (central Iran), Hamedan (west), Isfahan (central Iran), Shiraz (southern Iran), Rasht, Sari and Qaemshahr (northern Iran), Qazvin (northwest of Tehran), Khorramshahr and Ahwaz (southwestern Iran), Khorramabad (western Iran), Quchan, Bojnourd, and Sabzevar (eastern Iran).

"The demonstration was illegal yet the police confronted them with a lot of tolerance", Mashhad governor Mohammad Rahim Norouzian said, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, a Rohani ally, suggested that hard-line opponents of the president may have started the protests in Mashhad.

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Prices on many essential products, including eggs, have increased up to 40 percent in recent days.

Nazar also reported smaller protests in Yazd in southern Iran, Shahroud in the north and Kashmar in the northeast.

However, he noted that a call for "No to high prices" protests had been circulated on the messaging app Telegram.

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