Mass protests in Tehran. On the streets chanting: "Death to Khamenei!"

Anna Jefferson
June 28, 2018

Tehran police deployed tear gas against the protesters, but crowds are gathering around the parliament building.

A day before, merchants at the Aladdin and Charsou mobile phone shopping centers in central Tehran protested against the rapid depreciation of the rial by closing down their shops.

Tehran's cell phone market went on strike on Sunday June 24, with store owners and people marching in protest in Jomhouri (Republic) Avenue as the city's Forex market, just a stone-throw away, recorded the highest value for U.S. dollar against the Iranian currency rial.

After U.S. President Donald Trump made a decision to withdraw from world powers' deal with Iran on its nuclear program, some U.S. sanctions are to be reimposed in August and some in November.

It wasn't immediately clear who led the protests.

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Video footage of the unfolding demonstration obtained by RFE/RL showed hundreds of angry demonstrators marching in and around the Grand Bazaar, forcing shopkeepers to close their stalls.

It was the biggest protest in Tehran since 2012, when global sanctions related to Iran's nuclear activities were crippling its economy.

Due to the economic protests, the authorities have closed Grand Bazaar, the main urban market of the capital.

Shopkeepers who refused to do so were mocked by the crowd with the chant, "Cowards!"

Iranian civilian protestors, in a surprising turn of events in the country, are taking to the streets to express opposition to the hardline ruling regime by chanting, "Death to Palestine" and "Leave Syria, think of us", according to an independent translation of videos showing the protests.

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The protests come ahead of the renewed USA oil embargo against Iran, which could capsize the nation's fragile economy.

Iranian state news agency Tasnim quoted Ali Fazeli, the head of Iran's Chamber of Guilds business association, as saying that the protest at the Grand Bazaar had fizzled out later Monday.

A wave of demonstrations in December 2017-January 2018 rattled the regime and got global media attention, but there have been few major disturbances reported in recent months.

Fears about the impact of the USA sanctions that will start to be reinstated in August and possibly trigger the collapse of the nuclear deal has led to the rial falling to a record low against the dollar on the unofficial foreign exchange market.

Iran is to ban the import of more than 1,300 products amid fears about the impact of United States sanctions. The protests in late December and early January saw at least 25 people killed and almost 5,000 arrested.

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