Some of the peaceful gatherings that took place in Iran recently to express public demands over the economic situation in the country turned violent "due to the presence of suspicious and aggressive elements," who caused casualties and damaged public property, the Press TV broadcaster reported.
Several major cities in Iran, including Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan and Rasht, have been hit by mass protests since December 28, 2017. People have taken to the streets to protest against unemployment, poverty, and the rising cost of living.
Earlier in the day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised to intensify efforts in order to resolve existing economic problems, unemployment, inflation as well as air pollution in the country.
Latest news; Number of cities and towns in protest was 47 as of 20:30. This is Shadegan in Khuzestan Province (southwest). Extensive use of tear gas and shooting at the protestors by the suppressive forces. People have stayed firm. #IranProtests #IranProtest #Iran pic.twitter.com/qc6XZI986k— Shahin Gobadi (@gobadi) 1 января 2018 г.