Iranian security forces repel 'armed protesters' trying to take over police and military bases

At least 12 people have been killed in the ongoing protests in Iran, and armed protesters have tried to take over police stations and military bases, state television reported on Monday. The protests began on Thursday in Mashhad - apparently over economic issues - and have since expanded to several cities. Hundreds of people have been arrested.

The television report said 10 people were killed during clashes on Sunday night, without elaborating. Two demonstrators were killed during a protest in western Iran late on Saturday. "Some armed protesters tried to take over some police stations and military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces," the television report said.

Earlier on Monday, the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Hedayatollah Khademi, a representative for the town of Izeh, as saying two people died there on Sunday night. He said the cause of death wasn't clear. Many in Izeh, some 455km southwest of Tehran, have hunting rifles in their homes.

On Sunday, Iran blocked access to Instagram and the popular messaging app Telegram used by activists to organise.

President Hassan Rowhani acknowledged the public's anger over the Islamic Republic's flagging economy, though he and others warned that the government would not hesitate to crack down on those it considers lawbreakers.

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