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Iran warns against ‘illegal gatherings’ after protest

TEHRAN: The Iranian government warned people against further protests on Saturday after two days of demonstrations sparked by anger over an array of economic problems.

“We urge all those who receive these calls to protest not to participate in these illegal gatherings as they will create problems for themselves and other citizens,” said Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli.

State news channel IRINN said it had been banned from covering the protests that spread from second city Mashhad on Thursday to hit several towns and cities.

The protests initially targeted economic problems, but quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole.

US President Donald Trump warned “the world is watching” after dozens of demonstrators were arrested.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi dismissed Trump’s comments as “irrelevant” and “opportunistic”.

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