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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iran’s police have arrested a total of 52 people for participating in an unauthorized rally in the northeast city of Mashhad and for the destruction of the state property, local media reported on Friday, citing a police chief of the Razavi Khorasan province.

    Those detained took part in the rally, which was not approved by the authorities, the Mehr news agency reported, citing the authorities.

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    On Thursday, thousands of Iranians in several cities across the country took to the streets to protest against unemployment, poverty, and the rising cost of living, as well as policies of President Hassan Rouhani, and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

    In Mashhad, the Iranian security forces used tear gas against the demonstrators, according to media reports.

    The unemployment rate in Iran stands at 12.7 percent, according to the World Bank data.


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