> Iranian state TV showing buildings ablaze Monday as protests in Iran stretched into their fifth day. More than a dozen people have been reportedly killed in what have become the biggest anti-government demonstrations to hit the nation in almost a decade. Iranian officials said a protester shot and killed a policeman during Monday's protest.
The first reported fatality among security forces struggling to contain the unrest. This video posted on social media showing a group of protestors confronting a water cannon. Here video shows large crowds of people taking to the streets of the capital, Tehran, where dumpsters and cars were set on fire.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani trying to downplay the violent demonstrations, which began on Thursday over economic hardships and alleged corruption, and have since spread across his country to 50 other towns and cities, leading to hundreds of arrests. He appeared on TV Sunday to call for calm, saying Iranians had the right to criticize authorities but must not cause unrest.
On Monday US president Donald Trump tweeted quote the great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. Time for a change. Rihani responded saying Trump has no right to sympathize with Iran. In a video posted to Facebook Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the quote brave Iranians for protesting a regime that he says quote wastes tens of billions of dollars spreading hate.
The protest that erupted Thursday are the biggest challenge to the authority of the Tehran regime since mass demonstrations in 2009. Some of the recent anger even directed at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei breaking a taboo surrounding the man who has been supreme leader since 1989.