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Iran protests intensify as Khamenei poster torn down in Tehran, Kashan

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Al Arabiya English’s ongoing coverage of Iran Protests

Thousands went into the streets in several cities in Iran, beginning first in Mashhad, the country's second-largest city and a holy site for Shiite pilgrims. Demonstrators also have criticized Iran's government during the protests. There have been arrests reported in some areas.

The rallies quickly spread to the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Ahwaz and Rasht. Protesters called for Khamenei to exit power, chanting slogans such as “death to the dictator” and “our rights under the cloak of the mullahs. "

These new protests put new pressure on President Hassan Rouhani as his signature nuclear deal with world powers remains in peril and many say they've yet to see any economic benefit from the accord.

Protesters have also expressed concern about the Islamic Republic's costly involvement in regional conflicts such as those in Syria and Iraq, as well as a costly missile program despite 40 percent of the country living under the poverty line.