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World Iran’s Ayatollah warns 'thugs' as protests escalate over increase gas prices

02:30  18 november  2019
02:30  18 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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

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

Iran ’ s Supreme Leader Warns of ‘ Thugs ’ in Gas Price Protest The price increase came without any prior warning . The protests highlight the challenges that Iran ’ s ruling Iran is just the latest -- if most populous -- Middle Eastern nation to see public outrage over bread-and-butter issues like living

Iran ’ s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments came as authorities shut down the internet across Iran to smother the protests in some two dozen cities and

Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday, commenting on widespread protests over the government’s decision to increase gasoline prices by 50 percent, denounced protesters who have attacked public property as “thugs.”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments were carried live on state television. He said, “some lost their lives and some places were destroyed.”

Iran shuts down nearly all internet access in response to fuel protests

  Iran shuts down nearly all internet access in response to fuel protests Iran is trying an all-too-familiar tactic to hinder protests: cut the lines of communication. The Iranian government has shut down nearly all internet access in the country amidst mounting protests that began over a 50 percent hike in fuel prices and now encompass wider dissent. There are pockets of access that have let people show what's happening on the ground, but they're rare. Phone calls abroad still work, but those are also closely monitored.The government hasn't formally acknowledged the internet shutdown.

TEHRAN, Iran — The supreme leader of Iran , Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sunday called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over an increase in gas prices “ thugs ,” signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labeled the violent protests the acts of " thugs ." The country' s supreme leader Sunday backed the move to hike prices , labeling violent protests the acts of " thugs " as authorities shut down much of the internet and issued stark warnings in an effort to quell the sudden

He specifically targeted those aligned with the family of Iran’s late shah, who was ousted 40 years ago, and an exile group called the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq which has called for the overthrow of Iran’s government.

“Setting a bank on fire is not an act done by the people. This is what thugs do,” Khamenei said.

Khamenei ordered security forces “to implement their tasks” and for Iran’s citizens to keep clear of violent demonstrators.

The government has shut down internet access across the nation, making it difficult to gauge whether unrest that took place in a reported 100 cities and towns was continuing. Images published by state and semiofficial media showed images of burned gas stations and banks, torched vehicles and roadways littered with debris.

They have different causes and aims but mass protests from Iran to Hong Kong accelerate

  They have different causes and aims but mass protests from Iran to Hong Kong accelerate Mass protests around the world that have broken out, for different reasons, in recent months. On Sunday, Iran imposed a near total Internet blackout.The global protests – in Bolivia, Chile, Spain and elsewhere – are not connected and have different causes and aims. However, they are loosely linked thematically in that they concern inequality, political freedoms, corruption and climate change.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments came as authorities shut down the internet across Iran to smother the protests . Iran ' s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government's decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike " thugs

Iran ’ s Supreme Leader Warns of ‘ Thugs ’ in Gas Price Protests . The associated press (jon gambrell). Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran ’ s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting

It remained to be seen how many people were arrested, injured or killed. Videos from the protests have shown some people gravely wounded.

Iranians gather around a charred police station that was set ablaze by protesters during a demonstration against a rise in gasoline prices in the central city of Isfahan on November 17, 2019. - President Hassan Rouhani warned  that riot-hit Iran could not allow Iranians gather around a charred police station that was set ablaze by protesters during a demonstration against a rise in gasoline prices in the central city of Isfahan on November 17, 2019. - President Hassan Rouhani warned that riot-hit Iran could not allow "insecurity" after two days of unrest killed two people and saw authorities arrest dozens and restrict internet access. Rouhani defended the controversial petrol price hike that triggered the protests -- a project which the government says will finance social welfare spending amid a sharp economic downturn (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images) Attackers targeting a police station in the city of Kermanshah on Saturday killed an officer, according to the IRNA news agency. A lawmaker said another person was killed in a suburb of Tehran. Earlier, one man was reported killed Friday in Sirjan – about 500 miles southeast of Tehran.

Khamenei says enemy 'repelled' in protest-hit Iran

  Khamenei says enemy 'repelled' in protest-hit Iran Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the enemy had been "repelled" in the country where dozens are thought to have died in violent protests sparked by a petrol price hike. "We have repelled the enemy."Demonstrations broke out in the sanctions-hit Islamic republic on Friday after it was announced the price of petrol would be raised by as much as 200 percent.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Protesters angered by Iran ’ s 50 percent increase of government-set gasoline prices blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday, after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person.

Iran ' s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government's decision to raise gasoline prices and This is what thugs do,” Khamenei said. The supreme leader carefully backed the decision of Iran ’ s The semiofficial Fars news agency, close to the Guard, put the total number of protesters at over 87

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said the “key perpetrators of the past two days’ riot have been identified and proper action is ongoing,” signaling a possible impending crackdown.

The Fars news agency put the total number of protesters at more than 87,000, saying demonstrators ransacked around 100 banks and stores. Law enforcement arrested some 1,000 people, Fars reported, citing security officials.

The protests have put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it has struggled to overcome the U.S. sanctions that have strangled the economy since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the controversial nuclear deal in May 2018.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement Sunday condemning the “lethal force and severe communications restrictions used against demonstrators.”

“Tehran has fanatically pursued nuclear weapons and missile programs, and supported terrorism, turning a proud nation into another cautionary tale of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a crusade for personal power and riches,” the statement read.

Iran's internet has been shut down for days amid protests

  Iran's internet has been shut down for days amid protests A government-imposed internet blackout continues after more than 90 hours.NetBlocks, an internet access watchdog, said access to internet in Iran via fixed-line and mobile providers has been almost entirely cut off since Saturday.

Iran ’ s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike “ thugs ,” signalling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments came as authorities

Iran ' s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government's decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike " thugs ," signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP) less.

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While representing a political risk for Rouhani ahead of February parliamentary elections, the demonstrations also showed widespread anger among the Iranian people, who have seen their savings evaporate amid scarce jobs and the collapse of the national currency, the rial.

Iran is home to the world’s fourth-largest crude oil deposits.

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Gasoline in the country has remained among the cheapest in the world, with the new prices jumping 50 percent to a minimum of 15,000 rials per liter. That’s 13 cents a liter, or about 50 cents a gallon.

A gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has been $2.60 on average, by comparison.

Supreme leader says Iranians foiled 'very dangerous' plot .
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday praised the country's people for foiling a "very dangerous" plot, after violence erupted during protests this month against a fuel price hike. The demonstrations broke out on November 15, hours after the shock announcement at midnight that the price of petrol would be immediately raised by as much as 200 percent. They quickly turned violent and saw petrol pumps torched, police stations attacked and shops looted, before being quashed within a few days.Officials have not yet given overall figures on the number of casualties or arrests made during the unrest which affected much of the country.

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