Breaking: Two Killed In Widespread Protests, Trump Says He’s ‘Watching Very Closely’

Two protestors are dead following another day of protests in Iran, according to Fox News, as the Iranian government says “those who disrupt order… must be responsible for their behavior and pay the price.”

President Trump tweeted on Saturday that the U.S. is “watching very closely.”

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The deaths were the first of the demonstrations, which began Thursday and appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election.

“On Saturday evening, there was an illegal protest in Dorud and a number of people took to the streets responding to calls from hostile groups, leading to clashes,” said Habibollah Khojastehpour, the deputy governor of the western Lorestan province, according to Sky News. “Unfortunately in these clashes two citizens from Dorud were killed.”

Khojastehpour told state television that “no shots were fired by the police and security forces” and “foreign agents” and “enemies of the revolutions” were to blame.

 

President Trump has tweeted numerous times since the start of the protests.

Here’s the first:

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“Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests,” he said in a first tweet.

Early Sunday morning, the president addressed the protests again.

“Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations,” Trump said.

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A Revolutionary Guards Telegram channel blamed the deaths on “people armed with hunting and military weapons” who “entered the protests and started shooting randomly toward the crowd and the governor’s building,” according to Sky News, adding that six people also were wounded.

Videos circulating on social media late Saturday appeared to show fallen protesters in Doroud as gunshots sounded in the background, although the footage could not be independently confirmed.