Iran government calls on public to avoid ‘illegal gatherings’

AFP- Iran’s interior minister called on citizens to avoid “illegal gatherings” after two days of angry protests against an array of economic problems.

“We urge all those who receive these calls to protest not to participate in these illegal gatherings as they will create problems for themselves and other citizens,” said Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“People who want to hold a rally must file a request and the interior ministry and the provincial governor’s office will review it,” he added.

Protests began in second city Mashhad on Thursday before spreading to several other cities into Friday.