Pro-government demonstrations after week of Iran protests

At least 21 people have been killed in the Iran demonstrations.
At least 21 people have been killed in the Iran demonstrations. Photo credit: Reuters

Iranian state media is airing footage of pro-government demonstrations in cities across the nation after a week of protests and unrest over the country's poor economy.

The English-language broadcaster PressTV broadcast the rallies live on Wednesday, saying they were to "protest the violence that has taken place over the last few nights in cities".

Demonstrators waved Iranian flags and signs supporting Iran's clerically overseen government.

The rallies come after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed days of protests across the country on meddling by "enemies of Iran".

State TV reported that the latest clashes between protesters and security forces have killed nine more people.

The demonstrations are the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election. At least 21 people have been killed.

Reuters