Protests at Tehran’s Grand Bazaar have entered their second day on Tuesday with traders chanting against the rising prices and the collapse of the Iranian rial on foreign exchange.
Shops have shut their doors and thousands took to streets to demonstrate, in what is considered the biggest protest in Tehran since 2012.
In videos shared by social media users, thousands of people can be seen in central Tehran calling for others to join the strike, by chanting: “close your shops and join the strike!”
Other traders at the bazar chanted against the rise in the value of US dollar against the local currency, where a dollar is currently worth as much as 90,000 rials.
In another video demonstrators can be seen chanting “Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my soul is for Iran” in what translates public anger towards spending billions of Iranian money on militias the Iranian regime has sent to meddle in the affairs of Arab states.
This has come on the expense of starving Iranians and deteriorating their living conditions.
Activists on social media have said the protests began expanding to other cities where more market traders have decided to join the strike and close their shops Tuesday morning.