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Iran Warns of Crackdown as 200 Protesters Arrested

Protest or rally? A demonstration in Iran on Dec. 30, 2017, featured signs and flags that read 'Down with the USA.' PHOTO: Iman Jannatik/FARS

Protests have been taking place in dozens of cities across Iran, a day after demonstrations turned deadly. Authorities warned they would crack down on any violence and challenges to the government.

31 December 2017

DEUTSCHE WELLE — Some 200 people were arrested during Saturday night’s protests in the Iranian capital, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported, citing an official in Tehran on Sunday.

“These individuals are now with the judiciary and some others have been freed out of clemency,” Ali Asghar Nasserbakht, a security deputy for Tehran’s governor, said.

Several hundred people gathered in Tehran and the western city of Khorramabad on Sunday evening in the fourth day of demonstrations.

Another semi-official news agency later quoted a government official saying two protesters had been killed at a rally overnight. The Mehr news agency reported Sunday that the two protesters were killed in Doroud, in Iran’s Lorestan province. […]

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