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Antigovernment protests roil Iran

Demonstration against high prices and the poor state of the economy under President Hassan Rouhani, during which an Iranian protester was shot dead by police in Dourod, Iran. Jan. 1, 2018. (Photo: AY-COLLECTION/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday blamed the protests roiling the country on “enemies of Iran” who he said were meddling in its internal affairs, as state television reported that overnight clashes between protesters and security forces killed another nine people.

The demonstrations, the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have brought six days of unrest across the country and resulted in at least 21 deaths.

The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over Iran’s weak economy and a jump in food prices. They have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Hundreds of people have been arrested and a prominent judge on Tuesday warned that some could face the death penalty. (AP)

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