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Nine more people killed in anti-government protests in Iran

Nine more people killed in anti-government protests in Iran

The highest-ranking USA official's direct expression of support for rioters in recent protests in Iran and the supportive voices by a number of other governments and Western media outlets reveal that the U.S. had plans for inciting a sedition inside Iran, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Monday.

The policeman was killed in clashes with protesters in Iran's Najaf Abad city.

Protests remain focused on provincial towns and cities, with only small and sporadic protests reported in Tehran on Monday evening where a heavy police presence was reported.

The nine deaths reported Tuesday brings to at least 20 the number of people killed since protests erupted on Thursday.

The state broadcaster said two others died in the western town of Dorud when they were hit by a fire engine stolen by protesters, and ILNA reported a school for clergy and government buildings were burnt in the north-western town of Takestan.

The unrest is billed as the biggest test for the Iranian regime since 2009, when authorities ruthlessly put down protests which followed a disputed presidential election that gave hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term.

The protests began as demonstrations against economic conditions in Mashhad but quickly turned against the government, with thousands marching in towns across Iran to chants of "Death to the dictator".

The slaying marked the first security force member to be killed in the unrest.

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President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged the public's anger over the Islamic Republic's flagging economy, though he and others warned that the government wouldn't hesitate to crack down on those it considers lawbreakers.

The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, some 215 miles south of Tehran, the capital.

The EU has also pushed Iran to guarantee the right to protest.

Iranian authorities have also blocked access to Instagram and Telegram social media Apps in the country after a video of two dead demonstrators who passed away after sustaining gunshot wounds fired by anti-riot police went viral.

US President Donald Trump also voiced his support for the protesters, saying that the Iranian people were "hungry for food & for freedom".

Police arrested a number of demonstrators who were trying to damage public property in the gatherings.

In a statement on Twitter, the ministry cautioned that Iran was seeing "large-scale disturbances and an unstable security situation" as well as "grave acts of violence".

More: Iran unrest threatens Tehran's tyrants.

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