Here's everything you need to know about the protests rocking Iran

Trevor Jackson
January 2, 2018

Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country against the Islamic Republic's government and clerical elite, prompting authorities to warn of a tough crackdown.

The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities.

"We should be happy the people of Iran are coming out against their leadership", Gabbay said. It reported that clashes Sunday night killed 10 people. "Some armed protesters tried to take over some police stations and military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces", state TV said.

Reports of the deaths of two protesters were posted on social media after clashes with police in the western city of Dorud. It was not clear if the two dead were part of the 10 cited on state television.

A Monday report by the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Hedayatollah Khademi, a representative for the town of Izeh, as saying the deaths happened there Sunday night.

In the western town of Takestan, demonstrators set ablaze a Shia Muslim seminary and the offices of the local Friday prayers leader, state broadcaster IRIB's website said.

Iran was rocked this week by the largest protests in the country since 2009.

The demonstrations became so widely publicized that Iran blocked access to Instagram and a popular messaging app used by activists to organize and discuss the protests.

He did not offer a cause of death for the two protesters, but said "no bullets were shot from police and security forces at the people". That was echoed Monday by judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, who urged authorities to confront rioters, state TV reported.

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Mr Rouhani also stressed Iran "has seen many similar events and passed them easily".

US President Donald Trump tweeted: 'The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They seek freedom. They seek justice. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. "TIME FOR CHANGE!" While some have shared Trump's tweets, many in Iran distrust him because he has refused to re-certify the nuclear deal and his travel bans have blocked Iranians from getting U.S. visas.

"Iranian authorities are blocking access to Telegram for the majority of Iranians after our public refusal to shut down. peacefully protesting channels", he wrote.

Videos showed people in central Tehran chanting: "Down with the dictator!" in an apparent reference to Khamenei.

Two protesters also were killed during clashes late on Saturday in Doroud, some 200 miles south-west of Tehran in Lorestan province, authorities have said.

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend a protest inside Tehran University while anti-riot Iranian police prevent them to join other protestors, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Police in the center of Tehran fired water cannon on Sunday to try to disperse demonstrators, according to pictures on social media.

Demonstrators began taking to the streets on Thursday.

. In the spring of 2017 unemployment was 12.6 percent, up only slightly from 2016, according to the World Bank. Mousavi, who was running in the presidential election against Ahmadinejad, and politician Mehdi Karroubi led the protests and were recognized as the Green Movement protests' spiritual leaders.

State TV also has reported that some protesters invoked the name of the U.S. -backed shah, who fled into exile just before Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution and later died.

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