Iran's Guards Vow to Crush Dissent as Protests Turn Deadly

Donald Trump

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He also said that around 40 leaders were arrested.

In his latest tweet on the issue, US President Donald Trump said that Iranians were "finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism". "The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!"

Speaking at a cabinet session, he acknowledged that there were problems that needed to be solved but warned that violence would not be tolerated. Protesters first took aim at rising food prices and corruption, driven partly by a sense that the July 2015 nuclear deal hasn't delivered the broad economic recovery many were expecting.

The demonstrations became so widely publicized that Iran blocked access to Instagram and a popular messaging app used by activists to organize and discuss the protests.

On Saturday, Telegram shut down one channel of the service over Iranian government allegations that it encouraged violence, something its moderator denied.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Iranian authorities said the majority of social media reports were emanating from regional rival Saudi Arabia and exile groups based in Europe.

CEO Pavel Durov made the announcement on Twitter Sunday.

"This gentleman in America, who is now trying to sympathise with our nation, appears to have forgotten that he called the Iranian nation terrorists several months ago", he was reported to have said.

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The Telegram app has been used to share videos of the protests, the largest since 2009, and times for new rallies.

Users said Sunday that they could no longer access the app via cellphone networks, though it was still available via Wifi and home internet connections.

Iranian media also reported the disruption.

The Foreign Ministry in Tehran dismissed Trump's comments, saying "the Iranian people place no value or credibility in the opportunistic claims of US officials or of Mr. Trump himself".

Overnight unrest in the capital Tehran was concentrated in a few major intersections, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

There was no confirmation of widespread reports that at least two people had been shot dead in the small western town of Dorud.

"Violent clashes broke out in the illegal demonstration in Dorud on Saturday and unfortunately two people were killed", Habibollah Khojastehpour, deputy governor of Lorestan province, said in an interview on state television on Sunday.

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media.

The unauthorized protests have challenged authorities, with crowds turning revolutionary slogans against the government of the Islamic Republic, which took power after a revolution in 1979.

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