2 killed, 48 injured in Iran protest

This photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, demonstrators attend a protest over Iran's weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran's weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the Islamic Republic's clerical establishment. (AP Photo)


TEHRAN: A semi-official news agency is quoting Iranian authorities who say two people have been killed and 48 injured in a violent protest in southwest Iran.

The Saturday report from ISNA quotes Chief Justice of Fars Province Ali Alghasimehr as saying that many of the injured in the Wednesday night protest in Kazeroon were police.

The report did not say how the fatalities or injuries occurred.

Protesters gathered in response to a call on social media in the city some 900 kilometers (560 miles) south of Tehran. They also set fire to a police station.

Until Wednesday, the city had been the scene of peaceful protests against a local government decision to divide some districts of the city and merge them into a new town.