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Antigovernment protests roil Iran

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Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday blamed the protests roiling the country on “enemies of Iran” who he said were meddling in its internal affairs, as state television reported that overnight clashes between protesters and security forces killed another nine people.

The demonstrations, the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have brought six days of unrest across the country and resulted in at least 21 deaths.

The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over Iran’s weak economy and a jump in food prices. They have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Hundreds of people have been arrested and a prominent judge on Tuesday warned that some could face the death penalty. (AP)

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Antigovernment protests roil Iran

Demonstration against high prices and the poor state of the economy under President Hassan Rouhani, during which an Iranian protester was shot dead by police in Dourod, Iran. Jan. 1, 2018. (Photo: AY-COLLECTION/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

Demonstration against high prices and the poor state of the economy under President Hassan Rouhani, during which an Iranian protester was shot dead by police in Dourod, Iran. Jan. 1, 2018. (Photo: AY-COLLECTION/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

Demonstration against high prices and the poor state of the economy under President Hassan Rouhani, during which an Iranian protester was shot dead by police in Dourod, Iran. Jan. 1, 2018. (Photo: AY-COLLECTION/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

This frame grab from video was taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran from FreedomMessenger, that describes itself as an “independent Iranian news agency seeking complete change of the Iranian regime by reporting on the human rights situation in Iran,” purports to show attack on Iran police station in Qahdarijan, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Six rioters were killed during the attack on the police station, according to Iranian state TV. It reported that clashes were sparked by rioters who tried to steal guns from the police station. (Photo: FreedomMessenger via AP)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, a university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

People demonstrate on Ferdowsi Avenue in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 31, 2017. (Photo: Mek Network Inside Irandpa/DPA via ZUMA Press)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

Iranian protesters chant slogans at a rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Iranian hard-liners rallied Saturday to support the country’s supreme leader and clerically overseen government as spontaneous protests sparked by anger over the country’s ailing economy roiled major cities in the Islamic Republic. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

Iranian worshippers chant slogans in a rally after Friday prayer in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Hundreds staged a rally to show their anger against the U.S. President Donald Trump administration’s recognition this week of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

Iranian protesters attend a rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

Iranian students clash with riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: STR/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

Iranian students clash with riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: STR/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, anti-riot Iranian police prevent university students to join other protesters over Iran weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside of Iran, people are affected by tear gas fired by anti-riot Iranian police to disperse demonstrators in a protest over Iran’s weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

Iranian protesters chant slogans at a rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

Antigovernment protests roil Iran

People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend a protest inside Tehran University while anti-riot Iranian police prevent them to join other protestors, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, demonstrators gather to protest against Iran’s weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside of Iran, people are affected by tear gas fired by anti-riot Iranian police to disperse demonstrators in a protest over Iran’s weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the Islamic Republic’s clerical establishment. (Photo: AP)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

People protest near the university of Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Reuters)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

People protest in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017 in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters. (Video still: Reuters)

Anti-government protests roil Iran

People protest in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. (Video still: Reuters)

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