'Ten dead' in Iran as anti-government protests continue

Two killed in Iran protests: deputy governor

Mehr, which Al Jazeera described as a "semi-official Iranian news agency", reported that a government official said 80 people were detained in Arak on Saturday.

The state TV report made the reference in a package on the ongoing demonstrations that began on Thursday.

In 2009, Iran saw eight months of civil unrest when tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election.

More than 400 people have been arrested across the country.

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"Police had no choice but to confront and shoot at people who broke norms last night and poured into the streets", said Ahmadreza Kazemi, parliamentary representative from Pole Dokhtar, in Lorestan Province, on December 31. Mehr also reported that two protesters died in Dorud on Saturday.

The report gave no further information on the location or causes of deaths.

Demonstrations were also reported in a number of other cities on Sunday night, including the capital Tehran. Correspondents say it would be a significant escalation were they to become officially involved in policing the protests.

In Iran, antigovernment protests are in their fourth day, and the powerful Revolutionary Guard is warning demonstrators will pay the price.

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Mr Rouhani described the United States president as an "enemy of the Iranian nation from the top of his head to his very toes" after Mr Trump said Iranians were "finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism". If the protests persist, the regime may crack down harder on them, with mass arrests and military lockdowns.

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, anti-riot Iranian police prevent university students to join other protesters over Iran weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Iranian officials maintain that people have the right to stage protests to express their opinions, as long as the rallies comply with the legal conditions.

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