Protests in Iran sees death toll continue to grow



Associated Press

Protests across Iran saw their most violent night as "armed protesters" tried to overrun military bases and police stations before security forces repelled them, killing at least 10 people, Iranian state television said today.

At least 22 people have died since the demonstrations began almost a week ago.
Source: BBC

The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have seen five days of unrest across the country and a death toll of at least 22 with the slaying of a police officer announced late Monday local time.

The protests began last Thursday in Mashhad over Iran's weak economy and a jump in food prices and have expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iranian state television aired footage of a ransacked private bank, broken windows, overturned cars and a firetruck that appeared to have been set ablaze. Hundreds of people have been arrested.

It said 10 people were killed by security forces during clashes on Sunday night (local time).

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