Foreign agents blamed for death of two protesters

After four days of rare protests in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani tried to calm the nation Sunday, saying that people had the right to protest and acknowledging public worries over the economy and corruption.

"No shots were fired by the police and security forces".

The protests in Tehran appear to be smaller than many of those seen in towns and cities around the country since Thursday, where there have been few reports about the number of arrests. "They are hungry for food & for freedom".

As of Sunday, no statement had been issued by Federica Mogherini, the European Union's high representative for foreign policy, nor Europe's main foreign ministries - although British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson did tweet that he was watching "events in Iran with concern".

"The spreading of violence, fear and terror will definitely be confronted", he said.

However, in general, the country remains online and the steady stream of protest footage is coming in from all across the country.

A map shared by Iranian activists on social media showing the locations of anti-regime protests.

Trump has repeatedly voiced support of the protests, while slamming Iran for funding terrorist organizations.

Earlier Sunday, the nation's interior minister warned that protesters would "pay the price" for what he called their unlawful actions.

The move came as protests entered their fourth day after spreading to the capital Tehran yesterday, with crowds confronting police and attacking some state buildings.

"Sedition, unrest and chaos are different from gatherings and peaceful protests to pursue people's demands". But economic growth has not followed, and people are struggling to cope with the high cost of living.

Government officials have said the protests are part of a wider attempt by Rouhani's opponents to discredit his leadership.

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. And as last resort 'I will use more force to stop you.' Now, Iranians are watching us in North Korea. By Friday, the dissent spread to other areas, and evolved into a wider condemnation of the clerical establishment and security forces.

"The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years", he wrote. He charged Rouhani's government, and those before it, have long oppressed the Iranian people.

Iran's economy has improved since its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the end of some international sanctions.

But low-level strikes and demonstrations have continued, with bus drivers, teachers and factory workers protesting against unpaid wages and poor conditions.

In 2009, the demonstrations led by the 'Green Movement' were sparked by anger at the perceived doctoring of the presidential election results against the reformist candidates and in favour of the incumbent president, Mohammed Ahmadinejad.

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