Rare public protests spread across Iran amid spiraling inflation

Iranians protest inflation govt 'mismanagement'

The protests were mostly directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's government, the Nazar media network reported.

Large crowds of people took to the streets in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah on December 29, a day after hundreds protested against high prices and shouted political slogans in the country's second-largest city, Mashhad. Usually the term "dictator" is addressed to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

Mr Norouzian was quoted by the official Irna news agency as saying the protest was organised via social media by "counter-revolutionary elements". Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics. Protesters also waved banners denouncing Iran's interference in the Arab region, chanting "forget about Syria, think about us".

Videos appearing to show protests in Neyshabour, near Mashhad, were also shared on social media.

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The demonstrations are the most serious and widespread expression of public discontent in Iran since protests in 2009 that followed a disputed election, correspondents say.

Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, a Rohani ally, suggested that hard-line opponents of the president may have started the protests in Mashhad. The price hike was caused by an outbreak of avian influenza at battery farms, Iran's government spokesman, Mohammad-Bagher Nobakht, told reporters on Wednesday, according to Tasnim.

According to Iran's Central Bank, inflation in the country is running at about 10 percent.

Mohsen Nasj Hamadani, deputy security chief in Tehran province, said about 50 people had rallied in a Tehran square and most left after being asked by police, but a few who refused were "temporarily detained", the ILNA news agency reported.

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