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Three killed as Iran unrest shows no signs of subsiding

AFP
Tehran
Three security personnel have been killed by “rioters” in Iran, the latest deaths in protests that showed no sign of subsiding on Tuesday, despite a wave of arrests and an internet shutdown.
A shock decision to impose petrol price hikes sparked the nationwide demonstrations in which officials say at least five people have been killed. The United Nations expressed alarm on Tuesday “that the use of live ammunition has allegedly caused a significant number of deaths across the country”.
The situation in the streets remains unclear largely due to the government-imposed internet outage now in its third day.
AFP journalists saw two petrol stations in Tehran gutted by fire and damage to infrastructure, including a police station.
But they were prevented from filming as hundreds of riot police guarded squares in the capital with armoured vehicles and water cannon.
Rallies against “rioting” were held in the northwestern city of Tabriz and Shahr-e Qods, west of Tehran, Iranian news agencies reported.
“Protesting is the people’s right, rioting is the work of enemies,” they chanted in Tabriz, according to Fars news agency.

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