BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – Protesters clashed with state security forces in Shadegan, Monday, as unrest continued across Iran.
Anti-government protests have taken place in the country since Thursday, with demonstrations rallying against rising food prices, unemployment and alleged corruption.
According to local media at least nine people were killed in overnight clashes, bringing the overall death toll to 20. Some 100 arrests were also made on Monday night, according to reports.
On Sunday, Iran blocked access to Instagram and the popular messaging app Telegram, which has allegedly been used by activists to organise protests.
President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the public’s anger over Iran’s flagging economy, though he and other officials warned that the government wouldn’t hesitate to crack down on those it considers lawbreakers.