Various reports claimed three people were shot dead by Iranian security forces on Saturday as anti-government protests continue to sweep the country in biggest anti-government rallies since 2009. Demonstrators reportedly burned down public buildings and vehicles and removed government billboards.

Protests in Iran

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Several people were injured and at least three were reportedly killed by police fire in anti-government protests in central Iran on Saturday, various reports said. Footage circulating on social media shows demonstrators tearing down government billboards, burning public buildings and chanting slogans such as “we will kill whoever kills our brothers.”

Numerous reports claimed online videos of protests were being taken down and that people were losing internet access as the regime allegedly reacts with escalating violence to the spreading rallies. Iranian news outlets reported pro-government protests in the capital, with demonstrators filmed shouting anti-US slogans and holding banners of Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump warned Tehran that “the world is watching” as Iranians are frustrated with their government’s “corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad.” Iran’s Foreign Ministry responded by saying that the US support for the anti-government rallies is “opportunistic,” “deceitful,” and “cheap.”

The protests in Iran are said to be the most significant manifestation of dissent the country has experienced since 2009’s pro-reform demonstrations. On Saturday, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli urged citizens to avoid participating in “illegal gatherings,” warning that doing so will create problems for themselves and other citizens.