Protests break out in Tehran over alleged corruption

The Iranian cities of Tehran, Kermanshah and Mashhad have had protests breaking out over the past few days, with demonstrators angry about alleged corruption and rising prices.

The rallies seek to address economic issues, with unemployment at a three-year high of 12.7% last year and the price of some foods such as eggs rising by as much as 40% in the past few days.

Footage from the protests shows heavy police presence, with police dispersing the protesters in Kermanshah, and a number of arrests being made.

The US has responded, with Washington condemning the arrests.

“The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights, including their right to express themselves,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

US President Donald Trump also responded, tweeting support for the protestors.

“Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad,” his tweet read.

“Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”

There are also claims that protests arose in the northern cities of Sari and Rasht, west of Tehran in Qasvin, Qom south of Tehran and the western city of Hamadan.

Picture Courtesy: @Toloepirozi’s Twitter

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