>> Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, the country's most powerful force, now being deployed across three provinces. It's a sign of official concern about the resilience of anti-government protests here. As Iran's religious establishment takes a direct hand in quashing what it calls sedition. The unrest has now lasted a week, making them the largest protests in nearly a decade.
More than 20 people have been killed, including members of the security forces. While more than 450 protesters have been arrested in the capital, Tehran, in recent days. At first about economical hardship, the protests have taken on a political dimension, targeting supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A growing number of young people calling on him to step down.
And pressure is mounting on President Hassan Rouhani, who had promised jobs, and to crack down on corruptions. Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has urged the protesters to press on.>>
> While more than 20 out of 80 million Iranians live below the poverty line, the Revolutionary Guard still control a vast lucrative economic empire.
Opposition to Iran's clerical establishment has drawn delight from the US and Israel and unease from Europe. Meanwhile, Iranian forces insist the dissent has been quelled. In a state sponsored show of force, thousands of Iranians marching in pro government rallies, waving flags and pictures of the Supreme Leader and chanting that writers should be executed.