50 people were arrested in Iran as anti-government rallies continue to spread to other cities, according to various reports. The protests began on Thursday amid growing frustration due to rising prices and foreign policy.

Hassan Rouhani

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Anti-government rallies that began on Thursday spread to other cities in Iran, reaching Tehran and other major cities in the country on Friday. According to various reports, crowds of protesters turned up in various locations to demonstrate against the regime amid rising frustration stemming from economic difficulties.

According to reports in Iranian news outlets on Friday, at least 50 people were arrested in Iran’s second-largest city Mashhad. Several were reportedly arrested in the capital after they did not disperse with the arrival of police officers.

As previously reported by JOL, videos that circulated on social media on Thursday showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans such as “death to the dictator” and “death to Rouhani.” Demonstrators were also seen holding signs bearing the slogans “forget Syria, think of us” and “don’t be afraid, we are all together.”