Iran experiences its worst protests in 40 years

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A protester holds an Iraqi flag amid a cloud of smoke from burning tires during ongoing anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq November 26, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani.

A sudden spike in gasoline prices two weeks ago set off protests in Iran. Now at least 180 people have been killed in the government crackdown. It’s the deadliest period of unrest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.