Iran: Protesters shout ‘Death to Rouhani’

Israel National News reports: “Hundreds of people on Thursday took to the streets of Iran’s second largest city, Mashhad, as well as other towns to protest high prices and unemployment, AFP reported, citing a reformist media group.

The protests were mostly directed at President Hassan Rouhani’s government, the Nazar media network reported.

Videos on Nazar’s Telegram channel showed people in Mashhad, an important religious center in the northeast of Iran, chanting ‘Death to Rouhani’.

They also showed chants of ‘Death to the dictator’ and ‘Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran’, a reference to anger in some circles that the government is focusing on the wider region rather than improving conditions at home.

‘The demonstration was illegal yet the police confronted them with a lot of tolerance,’ Mashhad governor Mohammad Rahim Norouzian said, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

He added a number of people were arrested for ‘trying to damage public property’…”

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