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Two killed in three days of stunning protests in Iran: What our correspondent saw there

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Iranians chant slogans as they march in support of the government near the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran on Saturday.
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Iran is seeing the biggest outbreak of antigovernment protests in nearly a decade, with two protesters reported killed Sunday and scores arrested in cities nationwide.

Demonstrators are voicing frustration over the economy and calling for the resignation of President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a stunning show of defiance in a country where public dissent is dealt with harshly.

Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Shashank Bengali traveled to Iran in August and found simmering anger with the theocracy and outright desperation among a middle class suffering from years of international economic sanctions.

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A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran Saturday.,
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