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Citizen Reports From Iran Say Protests Continue With Use Of Lethal Force


Iranians walk past next to a post office that was burned and destroyed during the protests over increasing fuel price by government in city of Shahriar, Alborz province, November 20, 2019

Reports received from Radio Farda listeners in Iran and a government news agency indicate protests continued Monday and Tuesday in several cities and towns in Iran, with armed clashes reported.

A listener from Mashhad, northeast Iran says Monday night protesters tried to attack the offices of Ayatollah Ahamd Alamolhoda, an influential hardliner cleric representing Iran’s Supreme Leader in the region and the Prayer Imam of the city.

Protesters were met with teargas and plainclothesmen and retreated. The listener adds that due Internet shutdown it is not possible to send images.

Another listener from southwestern oil-rich Khuzestan province sent a message Tuesday, November 19, saying that intense protests in Mahshahr and Behbahan turned into armed clashes between protesters and security forces, reinforced in recent days. He added that the situation “is extremely dangerous” in these two towns, as a lot of security forces have been sent from Tehran to crush armed protesters.

In the first two days of protests triggered by a fuel price hike, November 15 and 16, Behbahan was the scene of most violent suppression, with several people killed by security forces.

It is not clear if the protests and clashes reported by the listener took place on Monday or Tuesday.

Due to strict government control over local media and an Internet blackout, it is not possible for Radio Farda to verify these reports.

The official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday that protests again flared up in Dezful, Khuzestan on Tuesday. IRNA says the protests resulted in “clashes between police and troublemakers”. The Islamic Republic labels protesters “bandits”, “thugs” or “troublemakers”.

The IRNA news of protests in Dezful was in a longer report headlined, “Cities are Calm”.

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