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    President Rouhani: Iranians ‘Free’ to Protest Peacefully 

    It might help. That’s what Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said about anti-government protesters whose demonstrations continued for a fourth day today. But violence must stop, he said, echoing Revolutionary Guards warnings that unrest would be met with an “iron fist.” Two demonstrators have reportedly been killed while others have attacked government buildings and authorities across 13 cities. Videos of people chanting “Death to Khameni” — the country’s unelected supreme leader, have appeared on social media. U.S. President Donald Trump expressed solidarity with the dissidents, but Rouhani said the “enemy” had “no right to sympathize with Iranians.”

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