Iran said protesters should pay a high cost if they break the law

People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017.

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People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017.

Protesters in Iran who have staged three days of demonstrations over economic hardship in addition to alleged corruption should pay a high cost if they break the law, the government said on Sunday.

The wave of anti-government demonstrations in several cities are the biggest challenge to Iran’s leaders since unrest in 2009 which followed the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went on for months.

Protesters have attacked banks in addition to government buildings in addition to burned a police motorcycle. Two protesters were shot dead from the western town of Dorud on Saturday night. The deputy governor of Lorestan province blamed foreign agents for the deaths.

“No shots were fired by the police in addition to security forces. We have found evidence of enemies of the revolution, Takfiri groups in addition to foreign agents in This kind of clash,” Habibollah Khojastehpour said in an interview on state television on Sunday. Takfiri is actually a term for Sunni militants especially the Islamic State.

State media also quoted Inner surface Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli as saying: “Those who damage public property, violate law in addition to order in addition to create unrest are responsible for their actions in addition to should pay the cost.”

Ahmad Khatami, a hardline cleric who leads Friday prayers from the capital Tehran, said the protests were similar to those in 2009 over alleged electoral fraud.

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