published: 2018-01-10 10:44:58
(4 Jan 2018) The strength of protests shaking Iran was unclear on Thursday after a week of unrest that killed at least 21 people, with fewer reports of demonstrations as government supporters again took to the streets in several cities and towns.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the drop in reports of new demonstrations challenging Iran’s theocratic government meant the protests are subsiding or that the authorities’ blocking of social media apps has managed to stop protesters from offering new images of rallies.
Tehran streets looked calm and traffic was normal on Thursday. Security was not as tight as the past few days.
But residents say economic issues need to be addressed.
Another citizen said the protesters had political motivations, and were using initially economic protests to pursue other goals.
State media and officials have accused protesters of acts of vandalism, saying some of them were controlled and funded by enemies.
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