Sporadic protests broke out in several cities in Iran for a fifth night on Saturday, a day after demonstrators attacked a seminary, according to Iranian news agencies and social media, as Iranians brace for a return of US sanctions.
Hundreds rallied in cities including Tehran, Karaj, Shiraz, and Qom, according to videos posted on social media, to protest against high inflation caused in part by a collapse in the rial currency over fears of the reimposition of crippling sanctions on August 7.
In May, the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
Washington decided to reimpose sanctions and has told other countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4 or face US financial measures.
#Iran: Anti-gov't protests are happening right now in the following places:— Donya Jam (@FreeeIran) August 4, 2018
Despite massive oppression, the Iranian people are courageously rising up for freedom & should be supported by the int'l community. #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/FYyiavQpQB
Another video showed heavy police presence and road blocks in the city of Karaj west of the capital Tehran, which has been the scene of daily protests. The videos could not be authenticated.