Nearly 200 killed in Iranian protests

Hundreds have been killed by government forces in Iran after mass protests over a sudden spike in fuel prices, which marks the deadliest political unrest in the area since the revolution in 1979.
1:10 | 12/02/19

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We go overseas to a brutal crackdown in Iran. Hundreds have been killed by government forces confronts mass protest after a sudden spike in fuel prices. It's the deadliest political unrest since the revolution in 1979 and our foreign correspondent James Longman has the latest details. Good morning, James. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, George. These protests broke out after an at least 50% increase in gas prices and morphed into a wider call to bring down the government. Information is patchy because of internet blackout initiated by the government but over the last two weeks local journalists say at least 180 people have been killed. 2,000 wounded and 7,000 detained. Now, all is this is linked to U.S. Sanctions on oil exports which are clearly taking their toll. That was a move by Donald Trump to force Iran back to the negotiating table over its nuclear program. It's putting real pressure on the government and ruling clerics especially since these protests are concentrated in poorer areas normally loyal to the regime. Huge protests back in 2019 gained worldwide attention but the current ones look to be more widespread. It represents a major challenge to the government's power and authority. James, thank you.

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