The war comes home to Iran
While Iranian military and terrorist forces occupy Syria and Lebanon in an effort to spread Shia-style Islamic radicalism, a war of a very different nature has come home to the mullah regime.
The biggest protests since 2009 have hit the country in at least nine cities, sometimes turning violent.
In the U.S., President Donald Trump tweeted: "Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. The world is watching!"
Two demonstrators in Dorud in western Iran were shot dead, a video posted on social media shows.
Videos filmed elsewhere in the country show protesters setting fire to a police vehicles and there are reports of attacks on government buildings.
Demonstrators have ignored a warning by Iran's interior minister to avoid "illegal gatherings".
In the town of Abhar in northern Iran, demonstrators have set fire to large banners bearing the picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In the capital Tehran, large numbers of protesters gathered at Azadi square, BBC Persian reports. A senior Revolutionary Guards figure in Tehran said the situation in the city was under control.
Demonstrators would be met with "the nation's iron fist" if they continued, Brigadier-General Esmail Kowsari told student news agency ISNA.
In Mashhad, in the northeast, protesters burned police motorcycles in a confrontation caught on video.
There are also numerous reports of people losing Internet access on their mobile phones.
In Kermanshah, western Iran, a demonstrator called Makan told BBC Persian that protesters were beaten up "but we couldn't tell if it was the police or the Basij militia."
Earlier, protesters at Tehran University called for Ayatollah Khamenei to step down and there were clashes with police.
Thousands of pro-government demonstrators turned out earlier on Saturday for big rallies across the country, organized in advance to mark the eighth anniversary of the suppression of the 2009 street protests.
The common factor in all of them has been protesters' demand for an end to clerical rule in Iran.
Widespread discontent is not limited to complaints about rising prices or widespread unemployment.
The current protests began in Mashhad on Thursday over living standards and rising food prices, and by Friday had spread to several major cities.
The Iranian authorities are blaming anti-revolutionaries and agents of foreign powers for the outbreak of protests.
Iran's foreign ministry called earlier comments from Trump and other U.S. officials "opportunistic and deceitful."
There is also anger at Iran's interventions abroad. In Mashhad, some chanted "not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran," a reference to what protesters say is the administration's focus on foreign rather than domestic issues.
Iran is a key provider of military support to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. It is also accused of providing arms to Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which it denies, and is an ally of Lebanon's powerful Shia movement Hezbollah.
The U.S. State Department has urged all nations "to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption."
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