Two more people die in Iran amid wave of protests

Two more people die in Iran amid wave of protests

Two more people die in Iran amid wave of protests

However, information about them remains scarce as both state-run and semi-official media in Iran have not widely reported on the protests.

Two people were shot dead in demonstrations in Iran on Sunday evening, bringing the death toll to four.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi on December 31, admitted that a number of Iranian protesters have been arrested and they would face heavy punishment. Mehr also reported that two protesters died in Dorud on Saturday. He said that two people were killed on Sunday night in the southwestern town of Izeh.

Izeh is about 280 miles southwest of Iran's capital Tehran.

More: Iran unrest threatens Tehran's tyrants. Correspondents say it would be a significant escalation were they to become officially involved in policing the protests.

Hassan Rouhani has called for calm, saying that people have a right to protest as long as it does not lead to violence.

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On Twitter, President Trump has sought to portray the unrest as the direct result of "Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas".

While there is frustration over Iran's support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Palestinians and Lebanon's Hezbollah, high unemployment, rising fuel prices and poor economic prospects are of far greater concern.

"The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society", he said in remarks on state TV.

However, according to the Associated Press, the Iranian state government has blocked various social media sites, as well as a popular messaging smartphone application called "Telegram".

Mass demonstrations - referred to as the Green Movement - were held by millions of opposition supporters against the disputed election victory of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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.

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