BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 P.M.) – Demonstrators flooded the streets of Behshahr on Saturday as part of a nationwide anti-government protest against rising food prices, unemployment and alleged corruption.

Protesters marched through the city’s streets shouting anti-government slogans and decrying Iran’s current economic programme. Earlier on Saturday, a pro-government rally was held in support of the Islamic Republic’s clerical establishment.

The Revolutionary Guard, which cracked down on protesters after the 2009 presidential election, said in a statement carried by state media that there were efforts to reignite unrest before adding “the Iranian nation will not allow the country to be hurt.”

Prices of food staples such as eggs in Iran have increased by up to 40 percent in recent days, according to reports.

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