Iran: Khamenei supports rising gasoline – World


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday expressed his support for rising gas prices, a surprise decision by the government that sparked protests in several cities across the country.

"I am not an expert and there are different opinions, but I said that if the leaders of the three branches make a decision, I support it," said Ali Khamenei, quoted by state television.

The rise in gas prices was decided on Friday by the High Economic Coordinating Council composed of the president of the country, the president of the Parliament and the head of the judicial authority. "The leaders of the three branches have made a decision reinforced by expert advice and it must be put in place," Ali Khamenei added. "Some people will certainly be upset by this decision (…) but damage and fire (to property) is not (a reaction) of normal person but hooligan," he added.

"Let no one help these criminals"

A civilian was killed and others were injured during demonstrations in dozens of cities. Drivers blocked roads and some demonstrators damaged service stations and sometimes tried to set fire to petrol depots.

The Supreme Leader said that for two days, some entities opposed to the current power "rejoice", in reference to the Pahlavi dynasty, ousted in 1979 by the Islamic Revolution, but also to the Iranian opposition group the People's Mojahedin (MEK), which Iran sees as a "terrorist" organization.

"What I'm asking is that no one help these criminals," said Ayatollah Khamenei, calling on the population to disassociate themselves from those who disrupt demonstrations. (Ps / nxp)

Created: 17.11.2019, 07:26

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