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02 January 2018, 04:17 | Bernice Figueroa
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Reports from Al-Arabyia, the Saudi-based news agency - Saudi Arabia being Iran's nemesis - on Saturday shows three bodies said to have been protesters killed while demonstrating in the central Iranian city of Doroud being paraded through the streets while chants of "death to [Ayatollah] Khamenei".
However, they took on new importance after the economic protests began on Thursday, sparked by social media posts and a surge in prices of basic food supplies, like eggs and poultry.
In Tehran, some 4,000 people gathered at the Musalla prayer ground, calling for criminal trials for Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, leaders in the Green Movement who have been under house arrest since 2011.
A local MP said the pair were shot dead overnight in the town of Izeh, raising the toll from the protests to six.
"Unfortunately in these clashes two citizens from Dorud were killed".
Demonstrations were also reported in a number of other cities on Sunday night, including the capital Tehran.
He said the cause of death wasn't immediately known.
"I do not know whether yesterday's shooting was done by rally participants or the police and this issue is being investigated", Khademi was quoted by ILNA as saying.
The violence continued for a fourth day on Sunday despite President Hassan Rouhani's appeal for calm.
"Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas", he wrote.
In his remarks Mr Rouhani acknowledged popular grievances, though he warned that the government would show "no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society".
Iranian authorities placed restrictions on some social media platforms used heavily in Iran, including Instagram and Telegram, in an attempt to prevent would-be protesters from using them to call for and organize further demonstrations. If the protests persist, the regime may crack down harder on them, with mass arrests and military lockdowns.
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