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Iranian VP accuses opponents of planning anti-Rouhani protests

Iranian VP accuses opponents of planning anti-Rouhani protests

Iranian officials reported fresh protests over the struggling economy on Friday, a day after dozens were arrested in second city Mashhad.

A senior government official has accused the opponents of President Hassan Rouhani's administration of being involved in organizing a recent protest in the city of Mahshad.

The Mashhad governor said a number of people were arrested for "trying to damage public property".

The initial cause of the protests was reportedly public anger over rising prices for food, a generally high inflation rate, and high unemployment.

Many Iranians believe their economic situation has not improved due to corruption and mismanagement.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a Saudi political analyst and worldwide relations scholar in Riyadh, said the demonstrations were a clear signal of the Iranian people's frustration with regime policies.

The Revolutionary Guards, which along with its Basij militia spearheaded a crackdown against the protesters in 2009, said in a statement carried by state media that there were efforts to repeat that year's unrest but added: "The Iranian nation. will not allow the country to be hurt".

"The slogans quickly changed from the economy to those against (President Hassan) Rouhani and the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)", the resident said by telephone.

Purely political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are omnipresent.

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Unconfirmed reports said that protests were held on December 29 in some other Iranian cities, including Shiraz.

Videos posted online showed a crowd in Mashhad chanting "death to Rouhani" and "death to the dictator", and police using water cannon to disperse it.

The governor of Mashhad, Mohammad Rahim Norouzian, said that "the demonstration was illegal but the police dealt with people with tolerance".

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

Commentators saw it as a referring to Iran's economic and military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a time when Iranian citizens are suffering from poverty and other issues.

Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, a Rohani ally, suggested that hard-line opponents of the president may have started the protests in Mashhad.

President Rouhani promised that the deal he signed with world powers in 2015, which saw Iran limit its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of global sanctions, would boost economic growth.

Mashhad was among the areas hardest hit by the closure of Mizan, which had around one million accounts, according to the official IRNA news agency.

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