Tehran’s Grand Bazaar protests have entered their third day as thousands of protesters over the past days have rallied against rising prices and the Iranian currency’s sinking value.
But the protests have escalated in their tone by chanting anti-regime slogans critical of the Iranian leadership. Videos published online Wednesday morning have shown protesters saying “don’t be afraid, we are all united”.
Pictures circulated showed shops as they remained shut as part of a traders’ strike at the capital’s bazaar that began days ago.
A video posted to social media show protesters chanted “Death to Rouhani,” the country’s president, and “No to Gaza, No to Lebanon” in reference to Iran's support of proxy groups in the region.
Security forces have attacked the demonstrators on Tuesday near the gold souk in Tehran as fired rubber bullets at them.
Footage shared by activists showed a member of security forces dressed in civilian attire beating a demonstrator forcefully as fellow protesters shouted.