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Nov 17, 2019
9:22AM

Protests erupt across Iran as government announces 50% increase in petrol prices

AIR
Protests have erupted across Iran after the government unexpectedly announced that it was rationing petrol and increasing its price. 

At least two people have been killed and Several more people were injured during overnight protests.

Petrol prices rose by at least 50% as subsidies on petrol were reduced by the government.

In the city of Sirjan in central Iran, demonstrators tried to set a fuel warehouse on fire.

According to media reports, other cities were also affected including the capital, Tehran, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Tabriz, Karadj, Shiraz, Yazd, Boushehr and Sari.

Dozens of angry protesters blocked roads by turning off car engines or abandoning vehicles in traffic in several cities.

Iran is already suffering economically due to stiff sanctions imposed by the US after Washington decided to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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