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Dayslong Anti-Government Protest In Iran Is Largest In Nearly A Decade

Two protesters have died, according to local reporting.
Posted at 1:08 PM, Dec 31, 2017

Two people reportedly died in anti-government protests in Iran that have been going on for days.

The protests started Thursday and were mainly focused on economic issues, like rising prices of food and gas. Social media played a large role in the growing protests, leading the government to cut off access to certain sites and apps.

The unrest is the largest Iran has seen since 2009, when millions participated in the so-called Green Movement to call for democracy.

But experts told CNN these new protests stand out: Demonstrators have been caught on video denouncing Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Videos show protesters defacing posters of him and President Hassan Rouhani, burning photos and chanting, "Death to Khamenei."

Iran's government denounced the protests, calling them "illegal gatherings." An official confirmed the two deaths but denied that law enforcement played a role.