Iranian hardliners portray the anti-government demonstrations as the work of Western powers and Israel, but reformists and moderates are unwilling to back that argument.
UN rights chief Volker Turk says Iran is in a full-fledged human rights crisis and calls for an independent and transparent investigative process into alleged violations of human rights.
Tehran appears more panicked in its response to these protests, which have claimed more than 100 lives across Iran. The government links them to ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon.
While Iran has one of the most heavily subsidised gas prices in the world, the country is trying to get its house in order amid US sanctions.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard says the nation and its security forces ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted on December 28.
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