Ten people have been killed overnight in anti-government protests sweeping Iran, according to state TV.
The demonstrations, which erupted on Thursday in Iran’s second city of Mashhad, are the biggest show of dissent seen since the huge rallies of the Green Movement were brutally suppressed in 2009.
Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani called for a crackdown on “rioters” and “vandals” on Monday, according to state television.
“Some individuals are exploiting the situation. This is wrong,” he said.
State TV said armed protesters had tried to take over some police stations and military bases, but faced serious resistance from security forces.
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