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Iranians Chant 'Death to Khamenei' During Mass Protests over Power Blackouts Blamed on Heatwave and Cryptocurrency Mining Farms

Power shortages in Iran have given rise to widespread blackouts and triggered protests in the streets.

Outgoing president Hassan Rouhani apologized to Iranians on Tuesday over the massive power outages which have come amid a heatwave, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees celsius.

Officials have blamed the blackouts on surging demand for power, along with low rainfall cutting hydroelectric output and illegal cryptocurrency mining farms accessing subsidized electricity.

According to videos posted on social media, protests turned political in some areas, with people chanting 'Death to the dictator' and 'Death to (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei' and other slogans during blackouts. (DM / VFI News)

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