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>> As US sanctions bite in Iran pushing up prices and sending the country's currency tumbling, many Iranians are logging on to social media to vent their anger. Economic demonstrations like this one in the capital Tehran have been building since late last year, spreading to more than 80 cities.
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People are increasingly pointing the finger, though, at Iran's rich and powerful. Officials, clerics, diplomats and their families are all fair game. This tweet here shows the son of a well-known politician beside Joffrey from the TV show Game of Thrones. This photo forced a high profile cleric to resign in October.
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He was criticized on social media for stepping out of a luxury SUV, and he's not the first to go this year. Iran correspondent Babak Dehghanpisheh has been scrolling through from Geneva.>> They are not experiencing the same kind of hardships that ordinary Iranians are facing in this economic crisis.
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And that's come about because there's been pictures that have been put online where the officials themselves have been shown living kind of luxury lifestyles, and that's done a great deal toward fueling this anger that ordinary Iranians have felt.>> One person channeling that resent is Said Mardi Sadrossadati.
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For a relatively obscure cleric, he's amassed over 250,000 followers on Instagram, uploaded a series of scathing posts aimed at children of the elite. In one recent post, he blasted the luxury life of a revolutionary guards commander and his son. Why? Check out this selfie he posted in front of a tiger, lying on a balcony, of a mansion.
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The cleric muses, how a 25 year old could amass such wealth. Overly criticizing a well known member of the powerful military units, is in itself an unusual act of defiance. But one that may become more common as Iranians increasingly feel the pinch of sanctions.