12 killed in protests, attacks on security

The state TV report made the reference in a package on the ongoing demonstrations that began on Thursday.

Two people were shot dead in demonstrations in Iran on Sunday evening, bringing the death toll to four.

In Tehran, some 4,000 people gathered at the Musalla prayer ground, calling for criminal trials for Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, leaders in the Green Movement who have been under house arrest since 2011.

Officials said two people were killed when what were described as rioters seized a fire engine and then crashed into two other vehicles.

According to Al Jazeera, some Iranian Telegram users said on Sunday they could not access the messaging app through cell phone service, and that they could through Wifi and home internet connections.

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"I do not know whether yesterday's shooting was done by rally participants or the police and this issue is being investigated", Khademi was quoted by ILNA as saying. Can protesters drive them out?

On Twitter, President Trump has sought to portray the unrest as the direct result of "Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas". Youths vented fury at the high unemployment rate.

President Hassan Rouhani has said Iranians have the right to protest, but not cause disorder.

"The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society", he said in remarks on state TV.

Mohatari also said that public demonstrations were allowed in Iran's constitution - provided they are not contradictory to Islamic rules and weapons are not used - and that authorities should prepare an appropriate environment for the people to express their objections. Demonstrators accused former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of stealing the election and blocking genuine democratic movements.

At least 30 people were killed and thousands arrested in the wave of protests, which drew the largest crowds in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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