Protests continued in Iran against the decision to raise gasoline prices, while authorities arrested hundreds of people. The government spokesman said the state officially recognized the protests, but stressed that the decision was necessary under unprecedented pressure on Iran.
Spokesman Ali Rubaie said in a press conference on Monday that the government had obtained the approval of the legislative and judicial authorities and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei before taking the decision to increase gasoline prices.
Rabiee said that President Hassan Rouhani "sacrificed himself in the interest of the country and the people".
The aim of the decision to adopt quotas in the distribution of fuel and raise prices is to achieve social justice. He said the resolution was necessary at a time "when the country is experiencing unprecedented sanctions and pressure."
The spokesman said the government officially recognized people's protests and that their voice had arrived, but said this was "different from the riots and its triggers."
Dead and arrests
Rabie confirmed the deaths of law enforcement forces in the riots in the country.
Protests erupted across Iran on Friday against a decision to increase gasoline prices. Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, expressed his support for the resolution and stressed the need to implement it, but urged officials to deal accurately in this regard does not affect citizens.
According to reports from Iran on Sunday, about 100 cities and regions across the country have seen rallies of tens of thousands of protesters and authorities have arrested more than 1,000 people in two days.
The head of security in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah, Ali Akbar Javaidan, announced yesterday the death of a police officer during the demonstrations. The Mehr News Agency reported that a member of the Basij mobilization force was killed in clashes with protesters in Malard (west of Tehran).
Violence and the burning of bank branches and shops in the areas of Malard and Shahriar (west of the capital), according to Mehr.
The governor of Khuzestan, southwestern Iran, has arrested 180 people he described as criminals and said they had tried to commit riots during peaceful protests. To spread chaos.
For his part, President Hassan Rouhani said during a meeting of the Council of Ministers yesterday that his government will provide assistance to disadvantaged social groups starting Monday.
Rouhani stressed that the protest is a right for the people, but said that "rioting is not a protest."