Image There is a growing security presence in Iran's major cities and towns
On Wednesday, Iranian state media began airing footage of pro-government demonstrations in cities across the country after a week of protests and unrest over the country's poor economy.
USA envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said the protests were "spontaneous", adding that the U.S. planned to call an emergency UN meeting on the situation.
A local MP said the pair were shot dead overnight in the town of Izeh, raising the toll from the protests to six.
"The Iranian authorities must respect the rights of all demonstrators and detainees, including their right to life, and guarantee their safety and security", Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said in a statement.
"The President and Vice-President of the United States, in their numerous absurd tweets, incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts", the ambassador wrote to the U.N. Security Council president and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Much of the protesters' anger has focused on what Rouhani and his government have failed to deliver: an economic boom promised as the payoff for the 2015 deal that curbed Iran's disputed nuclear program in return for world powers lifting sanctions.
The protesters have little chance of toppling the clerical leaders, who appear to be retaining control of the military, police and security forces and have no compunction about using them, according to one USA official following the developments. Chants were heard all over the nation, such as "Death to Hezbollah", "Leave Syria alone, think about us instead."The third element was that these demonstrations had an economic aspect as well.The Iranian people were chanting about how they were living like beggars.Another element that made these recent protests so ground-breaking was the exceptional role played by women". The total death toll linked to the protests now stands at 13.
The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities.
"President Rouhani has nothing to lose by taking a bold step". "Our nation will deal with this minority who chant slogans against the law and people's wishes, and insult the sanctities and values of the revolution".
And authorities continue to sporadically suspend social media websites they fear will be used to organise protests, including Telegram and Instagram. "Leave the country alone"; protesters are also seen tearing down a poster of the supreme leader.
"We must not make that mistake again", she said.
"If we all get united, I have no doubt that the people will support us", he said.
Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani called for a crackdown on "rioters" and "vandals", saying on state TV that "some individuals are exploiting the situation". "The country must have discipline", he added. "Be careful - there are lines one shouldn't cross", Mr Durov tweeted. This will more likely cause more people to become disaffected with the regime. They are hungry for food & for freedom.
Meanwhile, the American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the United States called for the UN Security Council and Human Rights Council to meet to discuss the situation in Iran. "TIME FOR CHANGE!" he tweeted. Protesters were tearing down the banners of Iran's Supreme leaders, Ruholla Khomeini and Khamenei.The second element that distinguished these protests from others was the surge of protesters pointing to the Iranian regime's vicious foreign policies.
Mass demonstrations then - referred to as the Green Movement - were held by millions of opposition supporters against the victory of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "We have no problem bigger than unemployment". Remember that President Barack Obama muted his public reactions to the early days of the Green Movement to avoid turning an internal uprising into an worldwide dispute between Iran's leaders and Washington. "Public discontent is increasing. people are losing their faith in the establishment system", a third Iranian official said.