Protester kills policeman as Iran bloodshed worsens

02 January, 2018, 10:37 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • People protest near the University of Tehran Iran on Saturday in this

President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged the public's anger over the Islamic Republic's flagging economy, though he and others warned that the government wouldn't hesitate to crack down on those it considers lawbreakers.

According to local sources, one of the protesters participating in anti-government protest in Iran has opened fire against police officers in the country's Najafabad city. At least 36 people were killed in 2009, according to an official toll, while the opposition says 72 died.

A protester shot and killed an Iranian policeman on Monday, marking the first death among the security forces amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations, according to the police and media reports.

State media began showing some footage of the demonstrations on Sunday, focusing on young men attacking banks and vehicles, an attack on a town hall in Tehran, and images of a man burning the Iranian flag.

The protests have become the biggest test for the regime since demonstrations following the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Israel's assessment also claims that protesters are now also demonstrating against Iran's support for Syria and its backing of Lebanon's Hezbollah and Yemen's Houthi rebels, Channel 10 reported.

At least 12 people were reportedly killed before the latest clashes.

Some cities of Iran witnessed rallies over the past days in protest at price hikes and economic woes.


The protests were fanned in part by messages sent on the Telegram messaging app, which authorities blocked on Sunday along with Instagram.

"The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most...." 'They are hungry for food & for freedom.

Police arrested a number of demonstrators who were trying to damage public property in the gatherings. Trump tweeted on December 31 that it looks like the Iranians "will not take it any longer", adding, "The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!"

Previously, Germany called on both Iranian authorities and the protesters to restrain from violence.

More: Iran unrest threatens Tehran's tyrants.

Iran's economy has improved since the nuclear deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the end of some worldwide sanctions.

Iran's intelligence ministry released a statement saying "instigators" have been identified "and will be dealt with seriously soon".

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