Iranian security forces fired tear gas shells to disperse protesters



Iranian security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters who had gathered Thursday in the southwestern city of Behbahan, eyewitnesses told Reuters and said forces were high in other cities.


In a video posted on social media from inside Iran, protesters chanted "Fear not, fear not, we are together". Some protesters chanted slogans against their superiors.

In a video posted on Twitter, security forces were on high alert in several cities, including Tehran and Isfahan.

Witnesses in Behban said several arrests had been made in the city of Iran's oil-rich province of Khuzestan.

Reuters could not confirm the video and the arrest report on social media.

The Internet Blockage Observatory NetBlock wrote on Twitter that it had seen some Internet restrictions in the province of Khuzestan late Thursday.

Iranian clerics tried to prevent the resumption of anti-government protests last November when more than 1,000 people are believed to have died in Iran's deadliest street violence since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Iranian Interior Ministry said in May that the death toll had risen to 225, including security forces.

"People are angry, the economy is so bad, we can't survive," an Iranian man from Tehran said on Thursday, not disclosing his name for security reasons.

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