Economic issues draw protests in Iran

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Since last week, demonstrations took place in Tehran to protest rising economic issues.

Reporter Ali Noorani  says that the root of the protests are unclear; however, citizens voiced concerns with rising unemployment and increasing costs of living. As well, allegations of government corruption and a demand for the removal of religious leadership emerged.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, clerical leaders have been in power. Currently, Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei carries the title, Supreme Leader of Iran, placing him as the highest political official and religious authority in the country.

News agencies report that the protests are scattered throughout the country. One of the chants directed towards leadership is, “Shame on you,” as protestors took the streets and tore posters of Supreme Leader Khamenai.

Iranian police responded to protests with a strong arm. At least 20 people have been reported dead since Tuesday.

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