Transcript for Protests in Iran continue over alleged corruption and inequality
Turning overseas now, and a fifth day of deadly protests in Iran. President trump in one of his first new year's tweets, saluting Iranians for demanding change. Now questions about how long those clashes will continue. ABC's James Longman reporting tonight from London. Reporter: The fire is spreading in Iran, now in its fifth day of protest. 12 dead and scores injured, around 400 arrested so far. Demonstrations began Thursday over alleged corruption and economic hardship. Authorities responding, trying to cut off some social media access to stop crowds organizing rallies. But they've since morphed into a wider anti-regime movement. President rue Manny accepting marches, while warning against violence. But in Iran, both civil and religious authorities rule, and the clerics promise an iron fist. President trump adding fuel to the fire, tweeting, "The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food and for freedom. Time for change." With no clear leadership, it's hard to know how far these protests can go. But this is the most unrest Iran has seen since the so-called green revolution of 2009. Tom? James Longman for us tonight.
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