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Demonstrations are spreading across Iran and turning increasingly violent, but analysts say a lack of leadership and political support mean they may struggle to maintain momentum.Reports Tuesday said two members of the security forces had been shot dead, while six protesters had died trying to storm a police post – all in Isfahan province.Ellie Geranmayeh, of the European Council on Foreign Relations, said Tuesday's message by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in which he blamed the unrest on Iran's external enemies, suggested tougher measures were imminent.Mohammad Ali Shabani, editor of Iran Pulse for Al-Monitor, said the lack of leadership this time could be an advantage, denying any obvious target to the authorities.But he said it also makes it unlikely the protests can evolve into a coherent movement with clear demands.
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