Four protesters killed in southwestern Iran after security forces open fire
Iranian security forces have shot and killed at least four protesters after demonstrations erupted for a second day in a row in the southwestern city of Muhammarah, activists told Al Arabiya English.
Videos of the protests have been circulating on social media showing clashes between demonstrators and security forces of the Revolutionary Guards with “death to Khamenei slogans” slogans being heard.
The news of protesters death comes a day after major protests erupted on Friday as thousands of people gathered in Khorramshahr city in front of the city’s central mosque.
The rallies protested against what activists described as a deteriorating economic situation of their city, as well as the lack of support for their towns with slogans being chanted against “regime thieves” being heard.
Last week, traders at Tehran’s Grand Bazaar staged a rare strike following earlier reports of street protests in provincial cities.
Iranians have been hit by rising prices, and record levels of unemployment have left a third of under 30s out of work.
The latest protests follow dozens over the new year which left at least 25 people dead.