No to High Prices- No 2
The demonstration of the people of Mashhad, which began this morning at Shohada square in front of the city's municipality, spread quickly to a vast area of the city, with the participation of about 10,000 people. Demonstrators, who included men, women, elderly people, youths and children, chanted "No to high prices", "Rouhani’s government; with empty promises", "If you stop one case of embezzlement, our problems will be solved", "Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, my soul is sacrificed for Iran”. The presence of women in this gathering was remarkable.
Before the rally started, a large number of repressive forces and counterinsurgency guards were present in the place. However, due to large number of people they could not do anything. People pushed the police forces aside and continued to demonstrate. Half an hour after the gathering, the crowd moved to the shrine of Imam Reza. The people who were plundered by various financial institutions joined the rally too. Police officers began shooting into air and throwing tear gas in order to intimidate and disperse the people, but the youth threw back the tear gas to the regime's forces. People chanted: "Police, go and arrest the thief", "Death to Rouhani" and "Death to the dictator."
When people gathered in front of the shrine of Imam Reza, police forces attacked the people and severely beat a number of them, and sprayed tear gas at the eyes of a woman. This made people furious and in protest against this brutal attack, they broke a number of middle-of-the-road blocks and signs and fences and punished the officers who had beaten the women. The arrival of water cannon vehicles made people angrier who attacked the water cannons with rocks, wood and glass, and clashed with the repressive forces who were shooting at them. The clashes left a number of people harmed and wounded. A number of repressive forces, scared of people, escaped from the scene by their motorcycles.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 28, 2017