At least two protesters have been killed in rare anti-government protests in Iran, according to a semi-official Iranian news agency.
The Mehr news agency said on Sunday that at least two people died on Saturday night in Dorud, a city in western Iran.
Habibollah Khojastepour, security deputy of the governor of Lorestan province, said the presence of “agitators” prevented a peaceful end to the protest, according to
Iranians began protesting on Thursday in the second city of Masshad, rallying against high prices.
The rallies have since gained momentum, spread to other cities, and are described as the largest in nearly a decade.
Potkin Azarmehr, a blogger who focuses on the secular pro-democracy struggle in Iran, told Al Jazeera that several groups have been protesting for some time “and now their slogans have become more radical”.
The protests appeared to be “articulated by people who ostensibly have purely economic motives”, he said.