Massive demonstrations in Iran (Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Tabriz). Which came out on Friday to protest against a three-fold increase in fuel prices in response to statements by President Hassan Rouhani, who defended the decision.
Demonstrations in Iran to protest the rise in fuel prices
A campaign of mass arrests
Activists reported that:
One person killed during clashes with Iranian security forces in the city of Sirjan. Which opened fire indiscriminately on protesters, while the authorities launched a campaign of mass arrests of dozens.
Protesters in Ahvaz also blocked the Kenitra road and covered up a protest to raise fuel prices and in response to the regime’s arbitrary policies.
A video posted on the Internet showed:
The protesters in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan, urging drivers to disrupt traffic and shouted
- “Honorable Ahwazis. Turn off your engines.”
- “Riot police blocked the main streets. I heard gunfire about an hour ago,” said one resident in Ahvaz.
The surge in petrol prices triggers protests in Iran
Iranian authorities began on Friday to ration the distribution of gasoline and raised prices. which led to the queue of long lines of the citizen’s cars in front of gas stations. So, this Surge in petrol price triggers to demonstrations in Iran.
The petrol prices in Iran
State Television said that the demonstrations in Iran were due to:
- The price of a litre of ordinary gasoline will rise to 15,000 rials (12.7 US cents) from 10,000 rials.
- The monthly quota for the private car was set at 60 litres per month.
- Any additional purchases would cost 30,000 riyals per litre, Reuters reported.
The Iranian government justified the decision to raise the price of gasoline and legalize the distribution.
The need for cash to cover
- Urgent needs of 18 million low-income families.
- Provide continued assistance to more than 60 million Iranians.
The move appeared to be a direct implementation of Tuesday’s call by President Rouhani to increase taxes on companies and citizens to compensate for the deficit caused by the ban on Iranian oil exports.