Iranians take to the streets to protest gasoline price hikes, rationing

One protester killed in Sirjan
People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran November 16, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

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SULAIMANI — Iranians took to the streets on Saturday (November 16) to protest sudden gasoline price increases in the country, as Iran struggles with an economic crisis due to US sanctions on the country.

“One person was killed in Sirjan but ... we are investigating whether he was killed by the security forces who were trying to bring back calm to the city,” ISNA quoted local official Mohammad Mahmoudabadi as saying, according to Reuters.

Videos have begun circulating on social media of the protests, some of which appear to show some violence.

Protests took place in Tehran, Ahvaz, Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad, Sirjan, Kermanshah, Kermanshah, Baneh, and Marivan in Iran as petrol prices hit a high.

The protests came less than 24 hours after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed his support for increasing petrol prices. 

Iranian state TV said the price of a liter of regular gasoline was increased to 15,000 rials (12.7 US cents) from 10,000 rials and the monthly ration for each private car was set at 60 liters per month. Additional purchases would cost 30,000 rial per liter, according to Reuters.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. EBL