No current Iranian figure has played a more central role in the almost four decades since the 1979 revolution.
According to Reuters, the number of victims in the five-day anti-government protests is rising, while at least three more police officers were injured from firearms.
Toronto-area real estate agent Omid Valinasab said one of his friends was beaten by government forces during Iran's last widespread wave of civil unrest in 2009, simply because he was walking to work in an area near the protests.
The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, some 215 miles south of Tehran. It did not say where the 10th person was killed.
The demonstrations, which began last week, are the most serious since unrest in 2009 that followed the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
State TV aired images of burning buildings, as well as an ambulance crew trying to aid a wounded person amid a crowd of shouting people. Other videos have shown protesters peacefully demonstrating and welcoming police.
That is why the United States needs to act fast by taking diplomatic actions, i.e.re-imposing sanctions, raising attention at the UN, withdrawing from the nuclear deal, speaking to its allies in Europe and the Middle East, re-establishing the internet in Iran, and covert ones, i.e. support viable factions like the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Tehran now sells its oil on the global market and has signed deals to purchase tens of billions of dollars worth of Western aircraft.More news: No Traveling for New York's Columbus Statue, Mayor Decides
That improvement has not reached the average Iranian, however.
The economy in Iran has struggled recently with youth unemployment at 25% and inflation rising 10% a year ago.
"If the Iranian dictatorship's history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come".
Earlier on Wednesday, pro-government demonstrators gathered in at least 10 cities, including Tehran, to condemn the rallies that put Iran in turmoil for nearly a week, according to state media. Authorities denied it was the result of clashes between demonstrators and anti-riot police.
The government has also blocked popular social-media application Instagram and a widely used messaging app in Iran called Telegram.
Ahmad Alamolhoda, the leader of Friday prayers in Mashhad and a hard-line cleric close to the supreme leader, is accused of encouraging his supporters to protest against President Hassan Rouhani, a political opponent.More news: Questions Arise About Effectiveness of Meltdown, Spectre Fixes, Advice
The demonstrators waved Iranian flags and pictures of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as placards saying "Death to seditionists".
"I demand all prosecutors across the country to get involved and the approach should be strong", he said.
Thousands of people have taken part in anti-government demonstrations in cities across Iran, with protesters calling for money to be spent on Iranians rather than the conflicts in other countries.
Nauert suggested the USA government could impose sanctions against Iranian officials who repress peaceful protests.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi said this in reaction to Trump's tweets about Iran in which he called the nation "hungry for food". The best gift America can give the Iranian people is a digital lifeline, so humanity can witness their courageous struggle and encourage them to prevail.
Pence repeatedly contrasted the support for Iranian protesters being offered by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration to the silence at the White House when antigovernment protests broke out in Iran in 2009, early in the presidency of Barack Obama.More news: North Korean Eateries Still Feasting on Beijing Diners Despite Shutdown Deadline