Iranian security forces have arrested 7,000 people who participated in protests against the rise in gasoline prices last week, a government spokesperson said.
A spokesman of the Iranian Parliamentâ€™s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini stressed the need to wait for officials to release exact figures of those arrested as a result of the protests.
On Monday, Amnesty International said 143 protesters had been killed during the ongoing demonstrations which Tehran says were instigated by â€śoutside partiesâ€ť to disturb public order.
â€śAccording to credible reportsâ€¦ those killed include at least 143 people. The deaths have resulted almost entirely from the use of firearms,â€ť the rights watchdog said, adding that it â€ś believes that the death toll is significantly higher,â€ť.
On 15 November the government announced that it will increase the price of petrol by 200 per cent, triggering nationwide protests that soon turned into violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces.