The doctors risking it all to treat Iran’s protesters In pictures: The faces of Iran’s protests By Mehdi Fattahi, Khoram Sarafandi, Mikiya Abtahi Iran is engulfed in protests for the past four months and with their demands, which are partly economic, partly political, largely have a common thread: economic, and the government’s inability to address them. In the case of Iran’s protests on Tuesday, the social unrest has grown to about 20 cities and towns across the country, with the protesters using a range of tactics to call for an end to Iran’s theocratic rule. The Iranian government has faced international criticism for a tightening of the anti-terrorism laws to imprison human rights activists and people critical of the government. Many of those arrested have been tried in secret and their cases have been dismissed, highlighting the government’s lack of transparency. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also faced criticism for his role in the protests. In pictures: The faces of Iran’s protests By Mehdi Fattahi, Khoram Sarafandi, Mikiya Abtahi Protesters have taken to the streets of major cities, including Iran’s second city, Mashad, in central Iran where there were demonstrations on Monday. In Basra in Iraq, police arrested 14 protesters during a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the paramilitary Basra Revolution Brigade, on Sunday. In Iraq, protesters threw plastic bottles on a military checkpoint on the same day some protesters also tried to storm a military barracks in Basra. In the capital city of Tehran, demonstrators chanted slogans against the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for an end to his rule. By late on Monday night, more than 3,000 people had taken to the streets in Tehran, but clashes with police were reported in the city centre.
In the northwestern city of Tabriz, the protests turned into a general strike after protesters clashed with police, burning tyres and blocking roads. In the central city of Rasht, police arrested a number of protesters, and in the city of Karaj, some protesters attacked a police station. In the semi-autonomous western province of Khuzestan, one of the protesters was killed by police in Shiraz, while in the western province of Kermanshah a protester was killed by police. In eastern provinces,