A group of Iranian worshippers chant slogans in a demonstration over negotiations with world powers on Iran's nuclear program, after their Friday prayer, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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Iranian police dispersed anti-government protesters in the western city of Kermanshah Friday, the Fars semi-official news agency said, as protests spread to Tehran and apparently several other cities a day after rallies in the northeast.An official said a few protesters were arrested in Tehran, and videos posted on social media showed demonstrations in a number of the country's leading cities, which if verified would be the largest wave of protests in Iran since 2009 .The protests in Kermanshah, the main city in a region where an earthquake killed over 600 people in November, took place a day after hundreds rallied in Iran's second largest city Mashhad to protest at high prices and shout anti-government slogans.Footage, which could not be verified, showed protests in other cities including Sari and Rasht in the north, Qom south of Tehran, and Hamadan in the west.Purely political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are omnipresent.Prominent conservative cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda called earlier for tough action against the protests.Protests were also held in at least two other northeastern cities.
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