US: Iran may have killed more than 1,000 people in recent protests against the regime

Iran: More than 300 demonstrators killed in recent protests against the regime

BREAKING: Iran may have killed more than 1,000 people in response to recent protests against the regime that have swept the country, a senior State Department official says.

Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook cited unspecified reports and provided no evidence of the death toll. However, he said that the US has seen a video of one incident in which more than 100 people were shot and killed.

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The protests, which began on November 15 after the government abruptly raised fuel prices by as much as 300 percent, spread to more than 100 Iranian cities and towns and turned political as young and working-class protesters demanded the Islamic leaders step down.

Iran’s Muslim rulers have blamed “thugs” linked to its opponents and the country’s main foreign foes – the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia – for the deadly protests.