Death toll from Iran's anti-govt protests rises to 15

Nine more dead as violent Iran protests continue over price of food

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani sought to downplay the significance of the protests in a cabinet session Sunday.

One police officer was killed and three others injured during protests in Najafabad city near Isfahan. All were reportedly shot by hunting rifles.

"The support for the rioters of Iran, by the highest official of United States along with some imperialist media shows that there is a new plot to stage a new intrigue in Iran", said Brigadier General Jazayeri, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, on Monday.

He criticized the Iranian regime's response to the protests and also blamed European governments for watching "in silence" as the protests turn violent.

The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, some 215 miles south of Tehran.

The demonstrations, which began over Iran's weak economy and a jump in food prices, appear to be the largest to strike the country since 2009.

Can protesters drive them out?

Iran's semi-official ILNA agency reported that 450 people have been arrested in the last three days in Tehran.

"Unconfirmed reports also suggests that armed protesters" who tried to take over police stations and military bases were repelled by security operatives who have arrested 400 protesters.

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a small protest in Tehran's Enghelab Square on Sunday evening, according to unverified social media videos.

"Certainly, the great Iranian nation has closely pursued Mr. Trump's active partnership in violating the Palestinian, Yemeni and Bahraini people's human rights" and remember his hostile approach towards Iranians' visit to the USA, he added. 'They are hungry for food & for freedom.

The EU has also pushed Iran to guarantee the right to protest.

Previously, Germany called on both Iranian authorities and the protesters to restrain from violence.

"Oppressive regimes can not endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice".

Meanwhile, Bahrain became the first Arab Gulf state to issue a travel warning for Iran.

Rouhani, a moderate force among Iranian hardliners, came to power in 2013 promising to mend the economy and ease social tensions, but high living costs and a 12 percent unemployment rate have left many feeling that progress is too slow.

In a statement on Twitter, the ministry cautioned that Iran was seeing "large-scale disturbances and an unstable security situation" as well as "grave acts of violence".

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