A handout photo provided by the office of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on January 9, 2018, shows him delivering a statement in the capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE"
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Iranian security forces arrested some 3,700 people during widespread protests and unrest over the past two weeks, a lawmaker said Tuesday, as authorities investigate the death of a young man in custody.The demonstrations, which began Dec. 28 over economic grievances, quickly spread across the country to become the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election. Sadeghi did not elaborate, nor did he say how he came up with the figure.While reformists largely stayed away from the recent protests, releasing such figures puts pressure on their hard-line opponents who exercise control over Iran's judiciary and security services.Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli previously said about 42,000 people at most took part in the anti-government protests.Iran's judiciary also said that an investigation has been opened into the death in custody of a young Iranian in Tehran's infamous Evin prison.
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