Iranian protesters chant 'death to the dictator' despite their government's threats of violence

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
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A third day of anti-government protests in Iran on Sunday saw demonstrators chanting "death to the dictator" and "death to Khamenei," the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, despite the government's warning that they will face an "iron fist" of punishment if unrest continues. So far, at least two protesters have been killed by gunshot wounds.

The protests started over state corruption and economic troubles but have taken on a more expansive mission. "Everyone is fed up with the situation, from the young to the old," one protester told The Guardian. "Every year thousands of students graduate, but there are no jobs for them. Fathers are also exhausted because they don't earn enough to provide for their family."

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