Iranian news outlets reported that nine people were killed in clashes on Monday night in several cities across the country, bringing the total death toll in the spreading riots to at least 20. Six rioters were apparently killed during an attack on a police station and an 11-year-old boy, a 20-year-old man and a Revolutionary Guard officer were reportedly killed in towns in the Isfahan province.
Protests in Iran
At least nine people were killed on Monday in overnight clashes between protesters and police, according to Iranian news outlets. The total death toll from the unrest that has been sweeping the country since Thursday is said to be at least 20.
According to Iranian state TV, six rioters were killed during an attack on a police station when protesters allegedly attempted to steal guns. It was also reported that an 11-year-old boy, a 20-year-old man and a Revolutionary Guard officer were shot and killed in towns in central Iran’s Isfahan province. The death of the Revolutionary Guard is said to be the first fatality among Iranian security forces during the protests.
Scenes from Iran
Activists have been taking to social media as footage of the riots circulates on the web. The protests, which began in the city of Mashhad due to a worsening economic situation, have since escalated to the most significant anti-government dissent the country has experienced in years. There have been reports of the regime blocking access to major social media websites in an attempt to curb the online activity of dissenters.
Iranian political theorist and analyst Reza Parchizadeh said on Monday the people of Iran are taking to the streets because they are fed up with the disastrous behavior of the regime and want to overthrow it. “When the people of Iran revolted against the old monarchy in 1979, what they wanted was freedom and democracy. Instead, what they got was a radical clerical regime that trampled their most basic rights and suppressed their movements for freedom at every juncture,” he told the Egyptian news site DotMsr. “Now, after close to four decades, all that oppression has come to a head.”