Iran blocks internet, may shut down Telegram app as protests spread

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Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran in Tehran on December 30, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / STR)

Anti-regime demonstrators attack town hall in Tehran, Iranian flag burn; 3 said shot in central Iran by Revolutionary Guards

Demonstrators attacked a town hall in the Iranian capital Saturday as protests spilled into a third night of the night.

Khorramabad, Zanjan, and Ahvaz, While reports spread over many years of Dorud. According to Al-Arabiya, three Iranian protesters were killed by the Revolutionary Guards in Central Iran.

A swirl of rumors, combined with travel restrictions and a near-total media blackout from official agencies, made it difficult to confirm the reports.

The authorities appeared to respond to mobile phones, with the networks interrupted at least in Tehran shortly before midnight, AFP reporters said.

Several Iranian news agencies warned Telegram, the most popular social media service in the country, may well be shut down after communications Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi charged one popular channel, Amadnews, of encouraging an "armed uprising."

Meanwhile, the conservative Mehr news agency posted videos of protesters attacking a town hall in central Tehran, overturning a police car and burning the Iranian flag.

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran on December 30, 2017. Students are protesting in a third day of demonstrations, videos on social media showed, but were outnumbered by counter-demonstrators. (AFP PHOTO / STR)

Iranian social media accounts posted videos of demonstrators tearing down the billboards featuring Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's photo.

There was chaos earlier than the capital of the city, taking over the streets, blocking the traffic and shouting slogans against the regime. The semi-official news agency said 70 students protested at Tehran University, throwing rocks at police. They reportedly chanted "Death to the dictator," in reference to Khamenei.

Reuters reported that footage of social media showed riot police clubbing and arresting the demonstrators, and said protesters were also arrested elsewhere in Tehran.

An Iranian woman raises her fist at the Tehran University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / STR)

But the authorities could also count on a show of strength, with hundreds of counter-demonstrators seizing control of the university entrance, chanting "Death to the seditionists."

Annual rallies marking the defeat of the last major protest movement in 2009 had already been scheduled for Saturday morning.


The protests began in the second city of Mashhad on Thursday as an attack on high living costs but quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole.

There were even more songs in the history of the Islamic revolution of 1979, while others criticized the regime for supporting the Palestinians and other regional movements rather than focusing on problems at home.

State news channel IRINN said Qom and Kermanshah.

"Ayatollah Mohsen Araki," said Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, "has a cleric, told a crowd in Tehran, according to the conservative Fars news agency.

Other officials also pointed the blame outside Iran.

Iranian state-controlled media characterized the worst anti-regime protests in eight years, which began on Thursday, as masterminded by American, British, and Israeli spies seeking to stir unrest in the Islamic Republic.

US President Donald Trump tweeted later that Iran's people wanted change and "oppressive regimes can not endure forever."

Iranian pro-regime protesters singing slogans at a rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (AP Photo / Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iranian regime opponents held small-scale demonstrations Saturday in France and Germany to show support for the opposition groups who have held rallies in their country in recent days.

Some 40 people in the Iranian embassy in Paris to call for an end to Tehran's "interference" in Syria and Lebanon, which Afchine Alavi, from the National Council of Iranian Resistance (NCRI), told AFP mirrored demands being made within Iran.

In Berlin, around the 100th regime of the opponents of the Protestants.

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