(Persia Digest) – From Thursday 28 December last week, protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and spread to other cities in a domino effect. Initially, demonstrators protested the rising food and fuel prices by shouting “no to rising costs”. But, this took on political aspects where anti-regime slogans were heard at some of the demonstrations.
Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, reacted to the protests a couple of days ago and said people are not just protesting the economy; they are also talking about corruption and elucidation. He has stated that, according to the Constitution and citizen’s rights, the people have complete freedom to express their grievances; but, at the same time, these must be expressed in a way so as to improve conditions in the country.