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[Reportage] Protests in Iran after rising gas prices


The government's decision to increase the price of gasoline has been met by sporadic demonstrations in some 30 cities, some of them violent.

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Protest against rising fuel prices on a highway in Tehran November 16, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee / WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

The government's decision to raise the price of gas has been met by sporadic demonstrations in some 30 cities, some of them violent.

With our correspondent in Tehran, Siavosh Ghazi

In cafes, buses or even the queues for collective taxis, everyone is talking about one thing: the rise in the price of gasoline decided by the government.

For Hassan, inspector of the transport company, all prices will increase: " The price of gasoline has an effect on all prices of all products. In other countries, the price of gas is high. In our country we want to copy foreign countries, but here the wages are very low. It's going to cause pressure on people, everyone, young people, that's why it can cause trouble. "

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For Najib, an Afghan worker living in Iran, the rise in gasoline has already led to an increase in some products. " Tuesday," he says, " I went to Isfahan. I paid 50,000 toumans. I stayed only two days. When I came back, I was asked for 80,000 to 90,000 toumans. I protested, but was told that gasoline has increased. What does it mean ? It makes people miserable. "

Affected by inflation reaching 50%, the rise in the price of gasoline will have an even greater inflationary effect. What angered people, even though the government promised direct help to offset the rising price of gasoline.

Source: rfi

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