Indonesian embassy issues travel advisory amid unrest in Iran

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Embassy in Tehran, Iran, has issued a travel advisory for Indonesian citizens and diaspora in Iran amid anti-government protests in the Islamic country.

The travel advisory issued by the Indonesian Embassy in Tehran received on Wednesday urged Indonesian citizens to stay alert and monitor the developing security situation in their regions.

"Avoid interacting with a crowd or mob being supervised by anti-protest security officers and also places that are often used as locations for holding protests in Iran, such as the premises of the University of Tehran, Vali Asr-Enghelab intersection, and Tajrish Square," the embassy stated in its advisory to all Indonesians.

Indonesian citizens should always carry an identification document or passport while venturing outdoors in case security checks are conducted at public places in Iran.

Indonesian citizens are also advised to not be misguided by hoax news spread across social media, as updated information on the security conditions in Iran can be acquired from the Indonesian Embassy in Tehran and the Iranian government.

For those seeking information, the Indonesian Embassy in Tehran has opened 24-hour hotlines: +989129632269, +989120067021, +989120368594, and +989121891952.

Tens of thousands of people have protested across Iran since Thursday.

The protests began in Irans second city of Mashhad in the northeast on Thursday and spread to Tehran and the other urban centers. Iranians vented their ire over a sharp rise in the prices of basic necessities, such as eggs, and a governments proposal to hike fuel prices in next years budget.

Some protesters also expressed their rage over the high rate of unemployment and savings that were lost after investments in unlicensed credit and financial institutions turned sour.

The demonstrations, initially focused on economic hardships and alleged corruption, turned into political rallies.

The police have arrested more than 450 protesters in the capital city of Tehran over the past three days.

There were unconfirmed reports of several casualties among demonstrators.

Source: ANTARA News

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