Iran protests: General declares 'sedition' defeated

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The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari, has declared the defeat of the "sedition" in the country, referring to a wave of anti-government protests, BBC reports.

Gen Jafari said: "Today, we can say that this is the end of the 96 sedition," referring to the current year - 1396 - in the Persian calendar.

He said "security preparedness and people's vigilance" had led to the defeat of "enemies" and that the Guards had only intervened in a "limited" way in three provinces.

He added: "There were a maximum of 1,500 people in each place and the number of troublemakers did not exceed 15,000 people nationwide."