At least two people have been killed as the third day of demonstrations as police open fire on anti-government protestors.

Protests against the Iranian government have turned deadly after police opened fire on demonstrators.

Unrest in the western Asian country, sparked by a sharp rise in the cost of basic food items, has led to three days of protests as both anti and pro-government marches take place across the country.

Videos posted on social media appear to show two protesters lying motionless on the ground, covered in blood, as a voiceover said they had been shot by police.

Other footage taken in the western town of Dorud shows a crowd carrying a body away and shouting anti-government slogans.

The protests are the largest in Iran since those following the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election.

They also evoke memories of the demonstrations that led to the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979 during the Iranian revolution that saw the Ayatollah Khomeini create the Islamic Republic that has been dominated by religious hardliners ever since.

Thousands took to the streets earlier this week, beginning on Thursday in Mashhad, the country’s second-largest city and a holy site for Shiite pilgrims.

The protests have forced state television to break their silence after being ordered to ignore them – and even prompted a Tweet from US President Donald Trump.

News Reporter

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