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Protests broke out late last week across Iran, with clashes between Iranians and security forces resulting in 12 deaths so far, according to the New York Times. In an address on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged demonstrators to avoid violence.
At the heart of the demonstrations is political and economic unrest, Times Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink said.
“These protests are fueled by anger,” Erdbrink told PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham. “People are incredibly dissatisfied about the economy. They feel as if they’re not getting a big enough piece of the pie. There’s corruption in this country.”
While it’s hard to gauge how many people are taking part in the demonstrations, where they are taking place is notable, Erdbrink noted.
“It is very striking that these protests are taking place, not only in the capital, but also in provincial cities,” he said. “Cities where people apparently feel desperate enough or angry enough to go out and shout these things.”
Watch the video above to learn more about the ongoing unrest in Iran, including where Erdbrink sees the protests heading next.
Dan Cooney is the PBS NewsHour's Social Media Producer/Coordinator.
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