The Iranian government has urged people to stop illegal gatherings following two days of anti-establishment protests across the country.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli suggested people not to take part in these allegedly illegal gatherings, concerning public safety.

The Iranian regime blamed anti-revolutionaries and agents of foreign powers for the wave of anti-establishment protest.

In the meantime, thousands of pro-government protesters attended rallies on Saturday.

These official rallies were organized in advance of the anti-government protests, to mark the eighth anniversary of the suppression of major street protests.

The outbreak of anti-government protest was initially triggered by economic conditions and corruption but it appears the protests have shifted into political.

Slogans have been chanted against not just Mr Rouhani but Mr Khamenei, and clerical rule in general.

Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.

The protesters voiced discontent over Iran’s intervention abroad.

In Mashhad, protesters begged the government to be more focused on domestic issues rather than foreign affairs.

Other protesters criticized the regime for its role in supporting Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Houthi rebels in Yemen, arguing their resources would be best invested to its own Iranian people.

More details to follow. Image 1 of mass protest from National Council of Resistance of Iran.

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