Iranian Officials Confirm 25 Dead in Protests

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

An Iranian judiciary official has denied the allegations suggesting that the law enforcement and military forces have killed protesters during the recent unrests in the country.

Iran says 55 people are still being detained in the capital after hundreds were arrested during a wave of anti-government protests.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said 440 "arrested rioters" have been released in Tehran alone.

Iranian authorities have arrested a dual national who was taking pictures during recent unrest, Iran's judiciary spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, as security forces sought to contain the most widespread protests in the country since 2009.

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The protests erupted almost three weeks ago over economic issues, but grew into widespread unrest condemning the Islamic regime as a whole, with attacks on government and police buildings.

Clashes broke out at some protests, and at least 21 people were killed. He didn't provide details on how the 25 people were killed.

Iranian officials have acknowledged the widespread anger over the economy, which remains weak despite the lifting of worldwide sanctions under the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.