Anti-government protests spread to 100 cities across Iran over the weekend following Tehran’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% as their economy continues to buckle under increased international sanctions.
“Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% after days of widespread protests, calling those who attacked public property during demonstrations ‘thugs’ and signaling that a potential crackdown loomed,” reports the Associated Press.
“The government shut down internet access across the nation of 80 million people to staunch demonstrations that took place in a reported 100 cities and towns. That made it increasingly difficult to gauge whether unrest continued. Images published by state and semiofficial media showed the scale of the damage in images of burned gas stations and banks, torched vehicles and roadways littered with debris,” adds the AP.
“Setting a bank on fire is not an act done by the people. This is what thugs do,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
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Source: Associated Press