The commander of the Iranian militia accused the United States of inciting unrest in the country when protests broke out in Iran over a shocking decision to increase gasoline prices.
"The American conspiracy has failed," said Brigadier General Golamreza Solemimani, commander of the Basij militia, a volunteer force loyal to the establishment, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.
Demonstrations erupted on Friday after it was announced that gasoline prices would be increased by 50 percent for the first 60 liters and 200 percent for each additional fuel thereafter every month.
After days of violence that killed at least two people, saw major roads blocked, banks burned and shops looted, on Monday, the situation was "calmer" by government spokesman Ali Rebey.
"There are only a few minor problems, and until tomorrow and the day after, there will be no riots," Rabiei told reporters at a briefing in the Tehran capital.
"There were gatherings in some cities, in some provinces. "
Squeezed to give figures for the victims of the riots, he said," What I can tell you today is that the gatherings are about 80 percent less than the day before. "[1
Authorities say they have arrested more than 200 people and restricted Internet connection.
Netblocks, a website that monitors net traffic, tweeted: "40 hours after #Iran has shut down the internet almost completely, connectivity to the outside world remains only 5% of ordinary levels."
The Iranian economy has been enchanted since May last year when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal and again imposed mutilating sanctions.
As part of efforts to obscure the effects. of the US sanctions, the government announced at midnight on November 15 the introduction of a normalization and subsidy scheme.
The changes are aimed at raising money to distribute money to Iran's poorest citizens, but many Iranians who are already are struggling
At least 100 banks and dozens of buildings and cars have been burned, state media reported.
The powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned anti-government protesters of "decisive" action if unrest over gasoline price hikes persists, state media have hinted that a sharp security breach could result
"If necessary, we will take decisive and revolutionary action against any kvi lengthy steps for breach of the peace and security of the people, "said the IRGC in a statement carried by state media.
The United States on Sunday condemned Iran for using "deadly force" against protesters.
"The United States supports the Iranian people in their peaceful protests against the regime that should lead them," said White House press secretary Stephanie D. Grisham.
Iran's Foreign Ministry struck US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after tweeting "United States with you" on Saturday in response to demonstrations.
In a statement released Sunday, the ministry said it was responding to "Pompeo's support for a group of riots in some cities in Iran and condemned such support and interventionist remarks."
"Iran's worthy people are well aware that such hypocritical remarks do not carry any honest sympathy," spokesman Abbas Musavi quotes.