Iran protests have violent night; at least 12 dead overall

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On the other side, Ahmadinejad's supporters organized protests against the Green Movement's supporters and chanted against the so-called foreign interference in Iran's domestic affairs by the US and western countries.

Video posted on social media showed crowds of people walking through the streets, some chanting "Death to the dictator!"

On Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by state media as apparently blaming Iran's arch enemies, the United States and Israel, for provoking unrest.

The state-run ILNAnews agency qouted Col. Abdullah Zadeh Pashaki, police chief of city of Robat Karim as saying 11 people were arrested last night.

"Some armed protesters tried to take over some police stations and military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces", state TV said.

The Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported that the law enforcement agencies had arrested almost 400 people in Iran, including 200 in Tehran, for taking part in the protests.

In a later report, state TV said killed six people were killed in the western town of Tuyserkan, 295 kilometres (185 miles) southwest of Tehran, and three in the town of Shahinshahr, 315 kilometres (195 miles) south of Tehran.

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Other videos show protesters torching a police vehicle and there are reports of attacks on government buildings, despite a warning by Iran's interior minister to avoid "illegal gatherings".

Unsigned statements on social media urged Iranians to continue to demonstrate in 50 towns and cities. "The people are absolutely free in expressing their criticisms and even protests".

Iran is a major OPEC oil producer and regional power deeply involved in Syria and Iraq as part of a battle for influence with rival Saudi Arabia. Rouhani was quoted as saying in a meeting with lawmakers. "It's laughable". The head of the Israeli government praised the Iranian demonstrators and their demands for freedom and justice.

Rouhani also stressed Monday that Iran 'has seen many similar events and passed them easily'. Up to 70 protesters were killed in those protests.

Denouncing the "opportunistic" individuals for taking advantage of the protests to create chaos and vandalize the properties, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani blamed the officials of the US, Britain and a number of other countries for repeating the past mistakes and supporting unrest in Iran.

Since the ruthless repression of the 2009 protests against a disputed presidential election that gave hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term, many middle-class Iranians have abandoned hope of securing change from the streets. "Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators can not communicate".

He added that "after the confrontation of the past days it is all the more important for all sides to refrain from violent action".

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