Iran: 450 protesters arrested over 3 days in Tehran

Kristopher Drake
January 2, 2018

The ILNA news agency report on Tuesday quoted Ali Asghar Nasserbakht, a security deputy governor of Tehran, offering the figure.

In addition, 377 people have been arrested during the protests, including 200 in the capital Tehran.

President Hassan Rouhani has played down the protests which began last Thursday, initially against price rises and corruption but which have taken on a wider anti-government sentiment.

At least 16 people, including a police officer, have been killed in anti-government protests across Iran, officials said.

A total of 13 people have so far been reported killed in the protests, including six killed by gunfire in the western town of Tuyserkan on Sunday and two others shot dead in the southwestern town of Izeh.

Six protesters were killed in clashes with security forces as they tried to storm a police station in the town of Qahderijan, which has a population of around 30,000. The clashes were sparked off as protesters tried to steal guns, according to reports.

In the town of Khomeinishahr, an 11-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were killed, state TV said.

The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, some 350 kilometers (215 miles) south of Tehran.

The protests were fanned in part by messages sent on the Telegram messaging app, which authorities blocked on Sunday along with Instagram.

'I demand all prosecutors across the country to get involved and the approach should be strong, ' he said.

Reporting restrictions remained tight, but videos on social media continued to show widespread anti-government protests in many areas. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted.

"The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years".

"We have been in touch with the Iranian authorities and we expect that the right to peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression will be guaranteed", a spokeswoman for foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement. A recent increase in egg and poultry prices by as much as 40 per cent, which the government has blamed on a cull over avian flu fears, appears to have been the spark for the economic protests.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the "brave Iranians" protesting against a regime that "wastes tens of billions of dollars spreading hate".

Elsewhere, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for Iran to engage in "meaningful debate" about the "legitimate and important" issues raised by the protesters.

He also called on "all concerned to refrain from violence and for global obligations on human rights to be observed".

Germany is one of the world powers that agreed to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in which sanctions were lifted in return for Iran taking steps to limit its enrichment of uranium.

Unemployment in Iran is about 12 percent, but among youth it reached 28.8 percent in 2017. Unemployment remains high, and official inflation has crept up to 10% again.

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