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Iran Protests Continue, President Rouhani Vows for More Space to Criticism

  • Protests continue in Iran despite warning from Revolutionary Guards. Overnight 10 persons (increasing the toll to 12 since Thursday) have reportedly died due to the clash between the protesters and administration in different cities in Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for calm and also vowed to provide more space to criticism. However, he stressed on the fact that violence and destruction of public property is different from criticism. Anti-government protesters torched a school for clergy and government buildings in Takestan (a small north-western Iranian town). Tear gas was shot by the police to disperse protesting crowds at Enghelab Square of Tehran.