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- Iran has reportedly arrested nearly 5,000 people during recent protests.
- The protests began in late December and have continued through 2018, and are the country's biggest unrest in a decade.
- New protests have been sparked by the #WhiteWednesdays movement on social media, have seen women resisting the country's mandatory hijab laws.
- The US has been outspoken in its support of continued protests.
Iran has arrested nearly 5,000 people during recent protests, according to an Iranian member of Parliament.
Alireza Rahimi posted on messaging service Telegram last week that local authorities arrested thousands of demonstrators in January, reports Associated Press.
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