Protesters stage largest demonstrations in Iran since 2009 

Published: 02nd January 2018 11:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd January 2018 03:18 PM  

Mass demonstrations have hit towns and cities across Iran in the biggest wave of protests since unrest over a disputed election in 2009. Sparked by high living costs and the struggling economy, the protests began in second city Mashhad but quickly spread and turned against the Islamic regime as a whole. (Photo| AP)
The total death toll linked to the protests currently stands at 13. Authorities have confirmed more than 400 arrests since the outbreak of the unrest, of whom around 100 have been freed. (Photo| AP)
A major groundswell of anger has also been building over the collapse of unauthorised lending companies that left millions of investors out of pocket. These companies mushroomed in the financial free-for-all under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, lending wildly during the construction boom and collapsing when the bubble burst. (Photo| AP)
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US President Donald Trump weighed in on protests in Iran for a second straight day, warning that the country's people want change and 'oppressive regimes cannot endure forever.' (Photo| AP)
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani replied to Trump by saying that his US counterpart has 'no right' to sympathise with Iranian protesters who he has previously called 'terrorists'. (Photo| AP)
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As protests over Iran's faltering economy rapidly spread across the country, a channel on a mobile messaging app run by an exiled journalist helped fan the passions of some of those who took to the street. The Telegram app closed a channel run by Roohallah Zam after Iranian authorities complained that it was inciting violence, just hours before the government shut down the app entirely on 31st December. According to TV reports, Iran has restricted access to social media apps such as Instagram and Telegram. IN PICTURE: A file photo of Telegram co-founder Pavel Durov, center, smiles following his meeting with Indonesian Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara in Jakarta. (Photo| AP)
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Iranian protesters chant slogans at a rally in Tehran. Iranian hard-liners rallied to support the country's supreme leader as spontaneous protests sparked by anger over the country's ailing economy roiled major cities in the Islamic Republic. (Photo| AP)
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