Protests continue in Iran on Sunday, with reports of arrests and violence

People protesting against increased petrol prices on a highway in Teheran on Nov 16, 2019.PHOTO: Reuters

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SULAIMANI — Demonstrations continued in cities across in Iran on Sunday (November 17) against an increase in the price of gasoline, amid reports of arrests and violence.

A source from Marivan told NRT Digital Media that protesters burned several locations in the western city and that the Iranian security forces had opened fire at the protesters.

Hengaw Organization, which monitors human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan, said on Sunday that as many as 26 protesters had been killed and 147 others had been wounded during the protests.

Fourteen protesters were killed and 52 others were wounded in Javanrud and six were killed and 50 were wounded in Marivan, according to Hengaw.

In Kermanshah, five people were killed and 20 others were injured, the organization reported. One protester was killed and 25 others were wounded in Sanandaj.

Elsewhere, as many as forty people have been detained in the city of Yazd in the central part of the country after clashes erupted between protesters and police during a demonstration, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the detainees were “disrupters” and were accused of carrying out acts of vandalism, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Most of those who were arrested were not locals, ISNA quoted the province's public prosecutor Mohammad Hadadzadeh as saying.

"Following the change in gasoline prices, some people voiced their opposition with calm gatherings, but then some who were mostly non-native and [not from Yazd] carried out acts of vandalism with ill-intent in some parts of Yazd city," he said.

Iranians took to the streets over the last three days to voice their opposition to a decision to increase the price of gasoline. Demonstrations took place in around 40 cities.

The authorities have also restricted internet access in Iran in attempt to crack down on the nationwide protests.

Netblocks, a website that monitors online services, said late Saturday the country was in the grip of an internet shutdown.

"Confirmed: Iran is now in the midst of a near-total national internet shutdown; realtime network data show connectivity at 7% of ordinary levels after twelve hours of progressive network disconnections," it said on Twitter.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 5:58 p.m. EBL