Iran: Khamenei blames 'hooligans' and enemies for protest damages

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei blamed «hooligans» for damaging property during protests that erupted across Iran on Saturday over a hike in petrol prices, while giving a speech in Tehran on Sunday. «Undoubtedly, some people are concerned about this decision or become upset, or they assume it is to their detriment, by the way, they become unsatisfied,» Khamenei said regarding the government's... Еще decision to increase petrol prices by 50 percent and introduce fuel rationing. «But arson against banks is done by hooligans, not people,» Iran's Supreme Leader continued. «In such events, hooligans and those who have grudges join the field and some excited youth cooperate and make such turmoil.» «All the evildoing organizations in the world have encouraged such attempts,» Khamenei added. One person was reportedly killed during protests in the central city of Sirjan and another in the city of Behbahan. On Friday, petrol prices subsidised by the Islamic republic increased to 15,000 Rials ($0.35; €0.32) per litre for the first 60 litres of petrol bought each month with each additional litre costing 30,000 Rials ($0.71; €0.64). The government said that the income generated from the reform would help to purchase basic goods and medicines, pay pensions and employees of state-owned institutions, easing the burden of US sanctions on the national economy. **RESTRICTIONS: NO Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto-1 TV/Iran International**

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