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Protesters should pay high price: Iran

| Updated: January 01, 2018 14:44:57

Protesters should pay high price: Iran

Iranian government has threatened to take action against protesters saying they should pay a high price if they break the law.

Country's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said those who damage public property, violate law and order and create unrest are responsible for their actions and should pay the price, said state-owned media.

Ahmad Khatami, a hardline cleric who leads Friday prayers in the capital Tehran, said the protests were similar to those in 2009 over alleged electoral fraud.

He called for capital punishment for those chanting slogans against the values of the Islamic Republic.

The wave of anti-government demonstrations in several cities are the biggest challenge to Iran’s leaders since unrest in 2009 that followed the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went on for months.

Protesters have been staging demonstrations over economic hardship and alleged corruption for last three days.

Protesters have attacked banks and government buildings and burned a police motorcycle. Two protesters were shot dead in the western town of Dorud on Saturday night.

Reuters says, the deputy governor of Lorestan province Habibollah Khojastehpour blamed foreign agents for the deaths.

“No shots were fired by the police and security forces. We have found evidence of enemies of the revolution, Takfiri groups and foreign agents in this clash,” Habibollah Khojastehpour said in an interview on state television on Sunday.

Takfiri is a term for Sunni militants especially the Islamic State.

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