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World Khamenei blames counter-revolution, enemies for 'sabotage' in Iran gasoline price protests

08:00  17 november  2019
08:00  17 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Protests strike Iran cities over gasoline prices rising

  Protests strike Iran cities over gasoline prices rising Protests struck several Iranian cities early Saturday over the government cutting back on gasoline subsidies and increasing costs by 50%, demonstrations ranging from people abandoning their cars in traffic to trying to attack an oil depot in one city. © Provided by The Associated Press Vehicles queue to enter a gas station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Authorities have imposed rationing and increased the prices of fuel. The decision came following months of speculations about possible rationing after the U.S.

The 2017–2018 Iranian protests refer to a series of public protests occurring in various cities throughout Iran beginning on 28 December 2017 and continuing into 2018.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday blamed Iran ’s enemies for the wave of unrest sweeping the country, his first comments since the biggest People in Iran have demonstrated against the government in the biggest wave of protests to hit the country in almost a decade.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed gasoline price increases that have sparked protests across the country, blaming opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies for "sabotage", state television reported.

Ali Khamenei wearing a hat and glasses: FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran © Reuters/Caren Firouz FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran

"Some people are no doubt worried by this decision ... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to state TV.

Khamenei said the increase in gasoline prices was based on expert opinion and should be backed, the TV added.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

Iran Holds Pro-Government Rallies After Crackdown on Protesters .
Thousands rallied in several Iranian cities on Friday in a state-organized show of support for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei following a crackdown on anti-government protests. © Rainer Puster/Getty Images Iran: US Navy veteran being held over 'private complaint'. Television channels showed crowds chanting in support of the Islamic Republic and vowing “death to America” in Mashhad, Shiraz, Qom and Esfahan. The vast majority appeared to be conservative supporters of the cleric-led establishment who often attend Friday prayers.

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