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Iran says 55 still jailed in Tehran after protests

AP  |  Tehran 

says 55 people are still being detained in the capital after hundreds were arrested during a wave of anti-protests.

The semi-official agency quoted judiciary spokesman as saying there were around 400 protesters held across the country but that "some were released" yesterday and today.

Last week, an Iranian reformist lawmaker, Mahmoud Sadeghi, said some 3,700 people were arrested across the country.

The protests, which began three weeks ago, were initially sparked by anger at the weak economy and official corruption, but escalated rapidly, with some protesters calling for the overthrow of the

Clashes broke out at some protests, and at least 21 people were killed.

Iranian authorities say the protests have been waning in recent days.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 19:35 IST