Protests turn deadly

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

ONE per­son has been killed in the Ira­nian city of Sir­jan dur­ing protests over petrol ra­tioning and price hikes, the Ira­nian ISNA news agency re­ports.

The Gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Fri­day that the price of a litre of reg­u­lar petrol would in­crease to 15,000 ri­als ($A0.66) from 10,000 ri­als ($A0.44) and the monthly ra­tion for each pri­vate car was set at 60 litres. The mea­sure sparked fury in the coun­try.

“One per­son was killed in Sir­jan but ... we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether he was killed by the se­cu­rity forces who were try­ing to bring back calm to the city,” lo­cal of­fi­cial Mo­ham­mad Mah­moud­abadi said.

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