Written and voiced by Najmeh Bozorgmehr; edited and produced by James Sandy
Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets over the past few days, forming the largest anti-regime demonstrations in nearly a decade. The protests have led to the loss of more than 20 lives so far, including those of two teenagers and at least one policeman. The protests started on Thursday in Mashhad, Iran's second biggest city in the north-east of the country. But demonstrations then quickly swept through the whole country. Although initially responding to rising prices, protesters have called for more than job creation and commodity price cuts. Those on the streets now challenge the country's leaders, calling for death to Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme leader, and President Hassan Rouhani, re-elected in a landslide in May. Mr Khomeini said the country's enemies were behind the protests. US President Donald Trump has been tweeting on a daily basis, backing demonstrators.
Meanwhile, Iranian reformists claim hardline forces triggered the protest as part of a tense power struggle to undermine Mr Rouhani and his reformist agenda. The Iranian president has recognised the people's rights to protest, but appealed for calm and called for unity between political forces.
While the protests have eased from the intensity of last week, and have largely subsided in Tehran, they have continued in small towns where demonstrators have set fire to state owned and private properties. Iranian authorities have warned demonstrators that they would face severe penalties if they continue to gather illegally and damage state property.