Thousands of people joined demonstrations angry over an increase in petrol prices, which are set by the government. "Iran has yet to release any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic beginning November 15 with minimum prices for government-subsidized gasoline rising by 50%".
The Intelligence Ministry said the leading members of a group planning disturbances at universities in Tehran and in other parts of Iran on the country's annual students' day on Dec 7 had been arrested, according to the official IRIB news agency.
Pointing to Islamic Republic of Iran's view of developing relations with its neighbors and renewing ties with Saudi Arabia, Iranian president said, "We believe that all regional countries must stand together in order to provide security and stability in the region".
The unrest, which began on November 15 after the government abruptly raised fuel prices by as much as 300%, rapidly spread to over 100 cities and towns and turned political with young and working-class protesters demanding clerical leaders step down.
The protests are viewed as a reflection of widespread economic discontent gripping the country since Trump reimposed nuclear sanctions on Iran a year ago.
The state TV report alleged that some of those killed were "rioters who have attacked sensitive or military centers with firearms or knives or have taken hostages in some areas". The report said passersby, security forces and peaceful protesters were also killed, without assigning blame for their deaths. The latter has a sizable Arab population, and the report claimed security forces clashed with a separatist group there. "In such circumstances, security forces took action to save the lives of Mahshahr's people". It described the suburb as likely one of the areas with the highest toll of those killed in the unrest. It said dozens of protesters were shot dead in Tehran province's Shahriar, one of the cities with the most fatalities.
Amnesty's reported death tolls from Iran's unrest have been widely quoted by Western news outlets, which have been unable to verify the killings due to Iranian restrictions on their access to the country. Everyone who attended embraced one another in a moment of silence, followed by a group circle and the singing of the Iranian national anthem. Some families are also being forced to make extortionate payments to have the bodies of their loved ones returned to them.
Authorities have also been visiting hospitals, looking for patients with gunshot wounds or other injuries from the unrest, the group said, with people showing suspicious wounds immediately detained.
Leaders of a group planning unrest at universities in Tehran this weekend have been arrested, Iranian authorities said on Tuesday, adding that numerous 2,021 people detained in the area around the capital in unrest last month were released.
A Sunday report by the New York Times cited global rights organizations, Iranian opposition groups and local journalists as saying at least 180 to 450 people were killed in just four days of violence beginning November 15.
The demonstrations began after authorities raised minimum gasoline prices by 50% to 15,000 rials per liter. That's 12 cents a litre, or about 50 cents a gallon.