Iran blames stir on enemies as public anger boils over

Jan 02, 2018, 6:37 AM EST
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said cash and politics being used to fuel unrest.
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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the country’s enemies of using cash, weapons, politics and intelligence services to spread unrest in the Islamic Republic where at least 22 people have died in violent protests stretching over a week now.

The “bold resistance,” as the U.S. called it, began in Iran’s second largest city Mashhad, as protesters took to streets against a flagging economy and abrupt rises in food prices and has assumed political dimensions, notes the BBC.

Some 450 people have been detained in Tehran province while six protesters were shot overnight as they tried to barge into a police station in the town of Qahderijan in the central Isfahan region, writes The Guardian