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Iranians protest weak economy, Islamic rule

Protesters are taking to the streets across Iran to protest the country’s economic turmoil. The currency is plunging in value and prices are soaring ahead of the United States planned restoration of economic sanctions against the Middle-Eastern country.

The administration of US President Donald Trump plans to re-impose economic sanctions on Iran on Tuesday, following the US withdrawal from the 2015 multinational nuclear deal.

The sanctions target Iran’s automobile and steel sectors.

Iran’s currency, the rial, has plunged to a record low and prices have risen sharply in the face of the impending US sanctions.

Iranian media have reported that some 500 people demonstrated in a central part of the southern city of Shiraz on Thursday frustrated with rising prices.

In a town near the capital Tehran, protesters threw stones at a Muslim facility on Friday, prompting security forces to be deployed on the scene.

Many of the demonstrators are simply frustrated with the weak economy.

But some chanted political slogans against clerical leaders including the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In late December, people’s frustration with Iran’s economic conditions boiled over into unprecedented criticism of the Islamic regime.


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