(BBC) – Some anti-establishment protests happening in Iranian cities have turned violent, video footage shows.
They began three days ago – initially in protest at falling living standards – and are the biggest show of dissent since huge pro-reform rallies in 2009.
Demonstrators have ignored a warning by Iran’s interior minister to avoid “illegal gatherings”.
Two demonstrators are reported dead in Dorud after sustaining gunshot wounds in a video posted on social media.
Videos filmed elsewhere in the country show protesters setting fire to a police vehicle and there are reports of attacks on government buildings.
The current protests began in Mashhad on Thursday over living standards and rising food prices, and by Friday had spread to several major cities.
The Iranian authorities are blaming anti-revolutionaries and agents of foreign powers for the outbreak.