Iran death toll rises as protests continue

Written by on January 2, 2018

At least nine people have been killed overnight amid ongoing nationwide anti-government protests that began last week in various cities across Iran. Iranian state television confirmed today that six demonstrators were killed during a raid on a police station in Qahdarijan.

According to state media, the rioters were attempting to break into the station to obtain weapons. An 11-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were among those killed in the town of Khomeinishahr.

Following six days of protests, at least 20 people have been killed, and about 450 people have been arrested. Tehran governor’s deputy said two hundred were arrested on Saturday, one hundred and fifty on Monday and one hundred were arrested on Monday.

However , in the wake of protest , Britain ‘s Prime Minister Theresa May has called on Iran to engage in meaningful debate about issues raised by protesters but the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  called for calm amid the regime’s most serious challenge to its rule since the 2009 mass demonstrations as his administration works to resolve the crises.

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