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Massive Protests in Iran

Yesterday in Iran, there were major protests over the plummeting value of the rial.


Tear gas was used to disperse the demonstrators, some of whom were setting fire to tires and rubbish bins. There were many arrests, reports say. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that scores of people gathered outside the central bank, calling for the governor to stand down, chanting anti-government slogans. The rial has plummeted to record lows against the US dollar in recent days. Money dealers were joined by traders from the nearby central bazaar, reports say. Amateur video footage posted online appeared to show hundreds of people marching towards Iran’s central bank.

Here is some of the first amateur footage to emerge of the protests:




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