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People Hold Protests Against Rising Prices in Iran  

Tehran (December 30, 2017): Hundreds of protesters have rallied in several Iranian cities against rising prices, unemployment and economic inequality.

About 300 people protested in Kermanshah, a city in western Iran, on Friday. Police intervened after protesters damaged public property. Protests also broke out in the capital Tehran and other cities.The protests came after an earlier demonstration in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, on Thursday drew “thousands” of residents, anti-government activists said on social media.

Rallies were also held in a handful of other cities to decry rising food prices and other economic issues. The prices of several staples, including eggs, have risen by up to 40 percent in recent days.Eshaq Jahangiri, Iran’s first vice president, acknowledged that “there is an increase in the prices of some products”, but said “the government is working on fixing the causes of the high prices”.

Jahangiri also cast doubt on whether the protests were solely motivated by economic issues. “The people behind what is taking place think they will be able to harm the government, but when social movements and protests start in the street, those who have ignited them are not always able to control them,” he said.

In August, the Iranian Central Bank said inflation had reached 10 percent. The unemployment rate reached a three-year high of 12.7 percent last year, according to the World Bank.

Rouhani, who was re-elected to a second term in May, has been under pressure from his conservative opponents inside Iran over perceived efforts to liberalise the country.

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