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Iran protesters set fire to Khamenei billboard amid security crackdown

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Protesters in the Iranian city of Isfahan set fire to a large billboard of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Monday, Iran International reported, as security forces use live ammunition to disperse protesters in the city of Shiraz.

It is reported that 30 people were arrested by security forces in Shiraz, citing a security official. They quoted a protester in Shiraz as saying: "The security forces are firing live bullets against the demonstrators who are burning all the banks in the Afif-Abad area, and the security forces are chasing the demonstrators with sticks and using tear gas."

Meanwhile, government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference in Tehran that the situation was "calmer" but there were still "some minor issues and tomorrow and the day after we won't have any issues with regard to riots."

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