Iranians hold rallies to denounce riots


Iranians have taken to the streets of several cities to renew their allegiance to the Islamic establishment and condemn the recent wave of deadly violence in some areas.

Holding banners and national flags, the demonstrators have chanted pro-government slogans during the mass rallies which were held in different towns and cities, including Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Bushehr, Abadan, Gorgan and Qom, PressTV reported.

Last week, a number of peaceful protests over economic grievances started in several cities, but those gatherings suspiciously changed color and turned ugly when groups of participants, some of them armed, launched attacks on public property, police stations and religious sites.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that enemies have been using various tools to deal blows to the Iranian nation and the Islamic establishment during the latest developments.

At least 22 people have died and 450 have been arrested following violent clashes in Iran as anti-government protests continue across the country since December 28, 2017.