Twelve dead in Iran as security forces are accused of opening fire on protesters after President Rouhani said people were ‘completely free to express their criticism’

Monday, January 1, 2018
By Paul Martin

12 people were killed during a fourth night of protest in Iran, state TV reported
Two people were shot dead overnight in the town of Izeh while another two were run over and killed in Dorud, Iranian media reported
Another three were reportedly killed in Isfahan after security forces opened fire
Comes after President Rouhani said people were ‘free to express their criticism’

1 January 2018

At least 12 people have been killed and multiple others wounded during a fourth night of unrest in Iran.

Iranian state TV reported the figure Monday, saying security forces repelled ‘armed protesters’ who tried to take over police stations and military bases.

Two people were shot dead in the southwestern town of Izeh while another two died in Dorud after being run over by a stolen fire truck, local news agencies reported.

Elsewhere there were unconfirmed reports that three people were shot dead after security forces opened fire on protesters in Isfahan.

Video purportedly filmed in the city shows dozens of marchers on the streets as vehicles burn around them before what sounds like gunshots are heard.

The deaths in Izeh were confirmed by local politician Hedayatollah Khademi, who said it was unclear whether they were killed by police or other demonstrators.

‘The governor said it (the gunfire) was unlikely to be by police as they were not supposed to open fire,’ he said.

The shooting in Isfahan was reported by several prominent Twitter personalities including Amichai Stein, foreign affairs correspondent for the Israeli public broadcasting corporation, but could not be independently verified.

Elsewhere police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a small protest in Tehran’s Enghelab Square on Sunday evening.

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