Some 10 People Killed in Iran Amid Nationwide Protests

At least 12 people have been killed in the ongoing protests in Iran, and armed protesters have tried to take over police stations and military bases, state TV reported Monday.

In his first public comments since the demonstrations broke out, the Iranian president, speaking at a cabinet meeting, said that citizens were "completely free to make criticism and even protests".

Two of the other protesters were killed on Saturday in the Western town of Dorud during an overnight rally, according to the governor of Lorestan province.

The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

More than 400 people have been arrested across the country.

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It also said the Iranian government would crack down on those who were spreading negative propaganda against the country. Mehr also reported that two protesters died in Dorud on Saturday. Many in Izeh, some 455 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Tehran, have hunting rifles in their homes.

The report gave no further information on the location or causes of deaths.

Israel's Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Sunday that Iran's "murderous regime", which has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map, will "disappear", while Israel will "exist forever". Can protesters drive them out?

Mr Rouhani described the United States president as an "enemy of the Iranian nation from the top of his head to his very toes" after Mr Trump said Iranians were "finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism".

Iran has blocked two popular social media apps - Telegram and Instagram - as a security measure, as protests against the government continued for the fourth consecutive day. Youths vented fury at the high unemployment rate. He stressed that people have the right to express their discontent with the authorities, but called for calm and restraint. Demonstrators accused former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of stealing the election and blocking genuine democratic movements.


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