LIVE BLOG: Iranians Take to the Streets in Massive Protests

Government & Politics

Two people were killed in Iran’s protests in a southwestern town, ILNA news agency on Monday quoted a local parliament member as saying.

That brought to at least four the number of fatalities in the most serious unrest in the country since 2009.

1/1/18 3:00 a.m. — AP: Israeli minister wishes Iranian protesters ‘success’

JERUSALEM (AP) � A senior Israeli minister has wished Iranian protesters “success” but insists his country is not involved in the mass demonstrations that erupted in recent days.

In a radio interview on Monday, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Israel is “not getting involved, but I certainly wish the Iranian people success in the struggle for freedom and democracy.”

Israel has long viewed Iran as its greatest security threat because of Tehran’s nuclear program, its support for regional militants and Iranian leaders’ frequent calls for Israel to be eliminated. Iran has long accused Israel, the United States and Britain of meddling in its internal affairs and working to overthrow its government.

1/1/18 1:43 a.m. — AFP, quoting local media, reports that new protests were held in Iran overnight:

Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a small protest in Tehran’s Enghelab Square on Sunday evening, according to unverified social media videos.

Protesters in the small northwestern town of Takestan torched a school for clergy and government buildings, the ILNA news agency said, while the state broadcaster said two people had died in Dorud after crashing a stolen fire engine.

There were also reports of protests in the cities of Izeh (southwest), Kermanshah and Khorramabad (west), Shahinshahr (northwest) and Zanjan (north).

Source: Voice of America