Anti-government protests in Iran
Published: 01:02 PM, 30 December 2017 Updated: 04:23 PM, 1 January 2018
An anti-government protest began in several major cities of Iran on Friday.
A large number of protests turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshah, in the west, with smaller protests in Isfahan, Hamadan and elsewhere.
The protests began against corruption and rising prices turned into the largest wave of demonstrations since nationwide pro-reform unrest in 2009.
A few protesters have been arrested in Tehran, the capital and videos posted on social media showed a heavy police presence and demonstrations in a number of othercities.
The semi-official news agency Fars reported that protesters destroyed some public property before police dispersed them.
The governor-general of Tehran said that any such gatherings would be dealt by the police, who are out in force on main intersections.
In a statement the US State Department said it `strongly condemns` the arrests and urged "all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.
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