Iran’s Riots against Rising Gasoline Prices Take Political Turn

Demonstrators in Tehran and other cities have clashed with security forces and riot police after protests against the rising prices of gasoline turned political, Reuters reported citing Iran news agencies.

The reports said demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans around the country, a day after the government increased the price of regular gasoline to 15,000 rials ($0.13) a liter from 10,000 rials and rationed it.

State television said police clashed with what it called rioters in some cities and fired teargas to disperse them.

One person was killed and several were wounded in the city of Sirjan in Kerman province on Friday, the ISNA news agency quoted a local official as saying on Saturday.

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