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January 2, 2018 10:49 am
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Protesters in Tehran on Dec. 30.

Protests that have roiled Iran over the past five days will die down in a few days, according to a senior Iranian official, as authorities said hundreds of those involved in the unrest have been detained.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary general of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, accused Saudi Arabia, Iran’s main regional rival, of waging a social media campaign to take advantage of the protests. The demonstrations broke out last week, starting in the holy city of Mashhad and spreading to other parts of the country, including the capital, Tehran.

Police confront protesters in Tehran on Dec. 30.

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Since Saturday, 350 people have been detained in Tehran, Aliasghar Naserbakht, the province’s deputy for political and security affairs, told the Iranian Labor News Agency. A hundred people were rounded up on Monday alone. Nine people were killed in various cities during clashes on Monday, according to state-run television, bringing the total death toll to about 20.

“What is happening in Iran will be over in a few days, and there is no reason to worry at all,” Shamkhani said in remarks reported by the state-run Press TV.