Violence on streets of Iran as police use tear gas on protesters

  03 August 2018    Read: 1407
Violence on streets of Iran as police use tear gas on protesters

Iran entered its third day of protests as furious citizens took to the streets to rail against the regime they blame for devastating the country's economy.

Protests have broken out in a number of cities this week over the dramatic drop of the country's currency and other economic problems ahead of the imposition of renewed US sanctions. 

Videos shared online purportedly show some furious Iranians burning tyres and setting fire to police vehicles as demonstrations spun out of control.

Referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, many chanted 'death to the dictator' at protests.

'The nation is forced to beg while the leader lives like God,' was also among the furious chants against the Iranian regime at protests, according to the National Council of Resistance (NCR) of Iran. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, about 200 people demonstrated in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, Iran's state-run news agency IRNA reported.

Police said the demonstrators had attempted to damage public buildings, but were unable to.

In videos circulated on social media and purporting to have been taken in the town of Gohardasht, a suburb of Karaj, dozens of demonstrators can be seen in the streets, setting fire to police vehicles and shouting 'death to the dictator.'

Police responded with tear gas. 

Another video purportedly from Isfahan in central Iran showed protesters setting tyres ablaze in a bid to evade arrest.  

The authenticity of the videos could not immediately be verified.

Scattered protests also broke out in several Iranian cities on Thursday.

About 100 people took to the streets in the northern city of Sari, as well as unspecified numbers in the cities of Shiraz, Ahavz and Mashhad, IRNA said.


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