Six days of Iran protests: 20 dead, 450 arrested

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At least 20 people have died and 450 have been arrested in six days of nationwide anti-government demonstrations in Iran, the country's media reported Tuesday, USA Today reports.

The unrest started Thursday over economic issues such as rising prices and high unemployment, but has since widened to a more general expression of anger over alleged government corruption and discontent with Iran's clerical rulers. 

Security services have used force and tear gas to disperse crowds. 

Iranian state television reported Tuesday that nine people were killed overnight: Six rioters were killed during an attack on a police station in the town of Qahdarijan; an 11-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were killed in the town of Khomeinishahr; and a member of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard was killed in the town of Najafabad.